I’m pretty sure you can’t be a Christian blogger and not have a post with this title at some point. So I figured now was as good as “some point.”
Truly, the grace we are given is “amazing.” Consider the definition of “amazing:” causing great surprise or wonder; astonishing. Are you astonished when you think of God’s mercy? Are you filled with wonder when you consider His justice? Are you surprised when you see that He loves you?
“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” (Mark 11:24) Not only do we have a God who loves us and knows what is best for us, He lets us be part of His plan. He listens to our prayers, and He knows exactly how to answer them. To quote Sam Storms, “We must never presume God will grant us apart from prayer what he has ordained to grant us only by means of prayer.” Is that not astonishing in itself? He is listening to us. How privileged are we!
“Your eyes saw my unformed body; all my days were written in Your book and ordained for me before one of them came to be.” (Psalm 139:16) He saw us before we were formed, and He knows what every single one of our days will hold – in fact, He ordained them for us. Our lives are handpicked by God, and what great care He must have taken.
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9) He’s with us, wherever we go. It’s so easy to feel as if I need a hero, someone to protect me, someone to take care of me, but I’ve been looking in the wrong place. God is my hero, and, coincidentally, the only one who will never leave me or let me down.
“Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16) Throughout this grace and glory on the part of God, we are sinners. Sinners is a small word to encompass all that it means we are, and all that it means we aren’t. Yet God offers us to “draw near to the throne of grace with confidence.” Not only may we, even as sinners, approach Him, we may do so knowing assuredly that He loves us. He sees every time we’ve stumbled, every time we’ve failed Him, every breath of sinfulness we have breathed, and yet He loves us and draws us close that He may help us. I don’t think there is a way to understand that without being awed.
Today, I am astonished. Ad maiorem Dei gloriam.