Thursday, November 21, 2013

Grace For Our Grief

God’s grace is greater than any grief we may ever have to endure. In Psalm 107 His grace is made plain.
First, we are pilgrims: “They wandered in desert wastelands...” We are all “wandering” as pilgrims most of the time. We struggle to determine right from wrong and often make wrong decisions because we have left God out of our thoughts. We have a great example of what to do when this happens: When the Children of Israel realized that they were wandering aimlessly they returned to the Lord and asked for His directions. He would always welcome them back and point them, once again, in the right direction. Remember, too, the words of Jesus: “I am the way.” When we wander, His grace welcomes us back.

Second, we are all prisoners: “Some of them (were) prisoners, suffering in chains.” Sin fascinates for a while but it soon fastens us in chains that bind us from enjoying God’s best. Habits are easy to form but difficult to forsake. But when the Israelites called upon God to free them, He always “snapped” their chains and they were released from their bondage. Whom God saves His grace sets free.

Third, we are often overwhelmed with grief when persons we thought loved us turned on us and hurt and harm us. “...give thanks to the Lord for His unfailing love.” We have all suffered unbearable pain when someone whom we thought loved us turned against us and tried to destroy us. Being abandoned is difficult to survive alone. Thank God Jesus said, “I will never leave you or forsake you!” We have His promise of His never-ending presence.

Prayer: Thank You, Father, that You love us, care for us and will always be there for us. Thank You for Your grace. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today: Psalm 107:1-43 Some sat in darkness, in utter darkness, prisoners suffering in iron chains,

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