You may have seen this acronym for grace:
Riches (or Righteousness)
We sing about grace. We talk about grace. But do we really understand grace?
The unmerited favor of God is our richest blessing. It means that He loves us with a boundless love. He called us forth from our birth to be His chosen children. He has made provision for every turn in our life's journey.
He knows well the sins of the flesh that we are heir to. He recognizes our arrogance and pride. And yet He loves us.
To me, that is the greatest miracle of all. Healing a body is wonderful, but healing a spirit is more wonderful. Turning water into wine is spectacular, but turning a pagan into a follower of God is more spectacular.
This grace, greater than all my sin, blesses us richly. Our response to this grace of God determines our eternal future. Grace is offered freely. We must accept freely. We need to take God at His word and remain faithful to that word, even when we don't see the fruit of it.
Our response to His grace must be our unending, unwavering faith in His word. For our God is the same yesterday, today and forever. He never changes. He is the one certainty in this uncertain world. When all else fails us, He never will.
He is our eternal security. There is no other.
Help us to rely upon You and your grace to us. Teach us Your ways, that we may remain steadfast in the storms of life. Let us see Your grace in our lives, that we may extend a similar grace to those whom we encounter on this journey.
In Jesus' most precious name.