HE GIVES GRACE
Rom. 5:17 For if by the transgression of the one, death reigned through the one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.
Paul was always contending for the unspeakable, somewhat excessive nature of God’s grace. It is as if he was trying his best to describe the indescribable. He uses an interesting word, perisseia, translated abundance in the NASB. It is an attempt to paint the overflowing nature of God’s grace. Zodhiates word book translates this word like this:
Perisseía; an exceeding measure, overflowing, something above the ordinary
The grace of God is the influence of The Lord on His elect, we are never quite the same once we begin to drink from this cup called grace. We face troubles like everyone else, we just don’t have to face them alone. Charles Spurgeon was another of those “wordsmiths” that tried their best to tell of the wonders of God’s love. Here is Spurgeon lost in the grace of God.
“Bounteous is Jehovah in his nature; to give is his delight. His gifts are beyond measure precious, and are as freely given as the light of the sun. He gives grace to his elect because he wills it, to his redeemed because of his covenant, to the called because of his promise, to believers because they seek it, to sinners because they need it. He gives grace abundantly, seasonably, constantly, readily, sovereignly; doubly enhancing the value of the boon by the manner of its bestowal. Grace in all its forms he freely renders to his people: comforting, preserving, sanctifying, directing, instructing, assisting grace, he generously pours into their souls without ceasing, and he always will do so, whatever may occur. Sickness may befall, but the Lord will give grace; poverty may happen to us, but grace will surely be afforded; death must come but grace will light a candle at the darkest hour. Reader, how blessed it is as years roll round, and the leaves begin again to fall, to enjoy such an unfading promise as this, The Lord will give grace.”
Are you facing one of those dilemmas Spurgeon spoke of? Are you being confronted with sickness, financial crisis, family chaos, or ministry woes? His grace is sufficient. Have you lost something or someone precious to you? His grace is sufficient. He is joy unspeakable in your battle with depression. He is the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness. He is the Great Physician when you are sick, He is the wonderful Counselor when you don’t have a clue. He is El Shaddai, all sufficient and more than enough for your poverty, and He is Captain of the Lord’s army when you face your enemies. I am convinced, there is nothing that can withstand the grace of God. Maybe you feel like you have fallen in a pit, He is there in the pit with you. Like David, sing to Him in the midst of your troubles, He is not far away and is more than enough for you.