”But the GOD of ALL Grace, who hath called us unto His ETERNAL GLORY by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.” – 1 Peter 5:10 KJV (http://bible.com/1/1pe.5.10.KJV)
Sometimes the King James version of God’s Word is just the perfect words. Beautifully put. “The GOD of ALL Grace…..” It is only through His Grace that we can truly live. Not only is it through His Grace that we get to spend an eternity with Him, but it gives us freedom from fear of what can happen on this earth. It gives us a deeply felt peace.
Are you fearful today? The quest for freedom goes on for many. On the surface, the worry can be so profound that it steals our peace. God knows this. He is ready to comfort us and carry our fears anytime we ask Him to. Here on this earth we will have struggles and sorrows. Deep sorrows that try to overwhelm us. Those things, the fear, sorrow, weakness….. these are not from God. They all come from the enemy. From the first sin, from the willingness of Adam and Eve to defy God’s one command to not eat of the tree of good and evil:
“The Lord God made all sorts of trees grow up from the ground—trees that were beautiful and that produced delicious fruit. In the middle of the garden He placed the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
But the Lord God warned him, “You may freely eat the fruit of every tree in the garden— except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If you eat its fruit, you are sure to die.” ” –
Genesis 2:16-17 NLT
“Of course we may eat fruit from the trees in the garden,” the woman replied. “It’s only the fruit from the tree in the middle of the garden that we are not allowed to eat. God said, ‘You must not eat it or even touch it; if you do, you will die.’”
Even in the beginning, we don’t really hear what God is saying to us. He said don’t eat from the tree, but He didn’t tell them not to touch it. I think that’s how we have produced so many rules and religions. We seem to think we can add to or adjust what God tells us without any consequences.
“You won’t die!” the serpent replied to the woman. “God knows that your eyes will be opened as soon as you eat it, and you will be like God, knowing both good and evil.”
The woman was convinced. She saw that the tree was beautiful and its fruit looked delicious, and she wanted the wisdom it would give her.
So she took some of the fruit and ate it. Then she gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it, too.
At that moment their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness. So they sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves. – Genesis 2:9; 3:2-7 NLT (http://bible.com/NLT)
Immediately after disobeying God, Adam and Eve became fearful. Because of their disobedience, God gave the rule of the earth over to our archenemy, Satan. We bear the consequences of sin every day in our lives.(Thanks guys!)
But!!!! We don’t have to deal with the consequences for eternity, thanks to God’s Mercy and His Grace. Hallelujah and Amen. I don’t need to worry over anything. It’s all been mapped out ahead of time, and I have a choice. Embrace the situation and thank God for whatever it (the good, the bad, and the ugly), or I can kick and scream and deny and worry myself sick. See? We always have a choice. Many, many times throughout my life I have chosen the second option. I have literally made myself sick with worry on multiple occasions. Did it help, or do any good at all? Nope. Not a dab. I’ve also been learning to turn a few things over to God, and the difference is amazing. I still have to do my part to resolve the situation, but I can do it with an ulcer or migraine. Absolutely amazing.
Have you experienced God’s Grace in your life? It’s really simple to get. Receive the LORD Jesus Christ as your personal Savior. Accept the peace He offers.