In my Bible study this morning, I was led to sing a hymn. It was Amazing Grace.
The fourth verse brought special meaning to me in this early hour:
“Through many dangers, toils, and snares I have already come; ‘tis grace hath brought me safe thus far, and grace will lead me home.”
The last few months have been a bit of a challenge in one particular area of my life—we all have those times, don’t we?
…thing is, it’s been an unexpected area, with predictable yet unexpected antagonism. I have standards—we all do—and those standards have suffered repeated violations which continue to interrupt the productivity of my time, my heart, my vision, my experience and even my ethics.
I’m being vague, I know. Please extend a bit of grace to me for my intentionality. There are others involved, and some caring discretion is needed.
Toils and snares
Grace has been what has brought me through them in the past, oh so many times… Grace is what will bring me through them now.
The book from which I was reading also recommended reading Romans 5:1–5. Well…that was a completely awe-filled thing to suggest!
Let me share those verses with you (from the New International Version), and understand that I’ve added the bold words, because they stand out to me and propel me forward:
“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.”
Do you see the AWEsomeness of His Word? Oh, it is simply incredible!
Each day is a new day, and I needed to sing out those words this morning, and I needed to be directed to read some of my favorite hope-filled verses this morning. My Heavenly Father and my incredible Savior knew what I needed, and with an open Book, a voice and a precious Word, my cup was filled. My daily bread was gathered. The table was set before me.
I am grateful to always find hope in His amazing grace.