“But by the [remarkable] grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not without effect. In fact, I worked harder than all of the apostles, though it was not I, but the grace of God [His unmerited favor and blessing which was] with me” 1 Corinthians 15:10, Amplified.
This week I had oral surgery done to remove my wisdom teeth and it went very well. It went so well, I wasn’t feeling any pain. It went so well, I said to myself the first few days have been easy and it seemed as if I was having an uncommon, speedy recovery process. Yet on the third day, I messed up and didn’t take my medication on time. I began to feel some real pain and discomfort, and I realized at that very moment what had happened to me. It wasn’t that there wasn’t any pain present from the surgery, but it was the medication keeping me away from it all.
God spoke to me and showed me that this is how His grace is. There are things that are going so well in your life, favor that abounds toward you, doors that open, success seems to come your way, the righteousness you walk in, and things that always seem to work out on your behalf. It’s not you. It’s His grace. All through the years it’s been His grace. It’s God’s divine hand of unmerited (unearned) favor and blessing on your life.
We don’t realize just how much God is helping us, keeping us, protecting us, and blessing our lives. We don’t see all of the things He does in us and through us each day. Moment by moment, because of Jesus, His grace is with us and we are who we are because of it. It’s not our own intellect, education or ability. If it weren’t for His grace upon you, you wouldn’t be able to successfully do anything that you do.
Never take it for granted, but be as Paul and use God’s grace to bring Him all the glory. You are who you are because of His grace.
Prayer: Father, I wouldn’t be the man I am apart from Your grace. I say thank You for all the unmerited favor and blessings you give me. You help me, You keep me, and You do so much for me. When I don’t even realize it, You are supplying grace toward me. I am reminded to walk strong in the grace on my life and to bring You glory! In Jesus’ name, Amen!
Study: 2 Timothy 2:1, Romans 5:20 & 6:1