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I Think I’ve Figured Out Grace

Alert the presses. I highly doubt I’ve figured it out 100% but while reading a book on grace yesterday, I did get one of those light bulb coming onkind of moments. And I got wide-eyed, felt my heart rate increase and started to get some goose bumps. Because I like the light bulb coming onkind of moments. I’m making major attempts not to squander all of the “sitting” time I have from my recent injury. I’m reading the Bible more and reading some other books that are challenging me. In the book, In The Grip of Grace, by Max Lucado, he writes about, well, grace. I’d like to give you an excerpt from Lucado’s book because I will most certainly mess up the beauty of his words if I try to summarize. Here you go:
Content. That’s the word. A state of heart in which you’d be at peace if God gave you nothing more than He already has. Test yourself with this question: What if God’s only gift to you were his grace to save you? Would you be content? You beg him to save the life of your child. You plead with him to keep your business afloat. You implore him to remove the cancer from your body. What if his answer is, “My grace is enough.” Would you be content? You see, from heaven’s perspective, grace is enough. If God did nothing more than save us from hell, could anyone complain? If God saved our souls and then left us to spend out lives leprosy-struck on a deserted island, would He be unjust? Having been given eternal life, dare we grumble at an aching body? Having been given heavenly riches, dare we bemoan earthly poverty? Let me be quick to add, God has not left you with “just salvation”. If you have eyes to read these words, hands to hold this book, the means to own this volume, He has already given you grace upon grace.
After reading this portion from his book, I found myself experiencing some serious dissonance. Musically speaking, dissonance is a clashing or unresolved musical interval or chord. Anyone with any musical background knows that waiting for that note to descend is not that pleasant. But, the moment that note drops even just a half step, all is right in music land. I do want more. I do want to enjoy a trip to DisneyWorld with my family. I do want my children to be healed if they get sick. I do want my life to make a difference. I do want to see my sons make a difference in this world for Christ one day. I do want to see those dear to me come to a saving relationship with my Savior. And yes, all of those things are good. They are. There is nothing wrong with those desires. But… If God gave me nothing more than He already has, is it enough? So, I’m waiting for that note to change. But I’m the one who has to change it. (Previously posted on June 12, 2008.)

6 thoughts on “I Think I’ve Figured Out Grace”

  1. As always, you’re blogs get me thinking…..and I love it!! There were many times this weekend that I found myself unsatisfied with what I had or how things were going. Even when I would take a step back and re-evaluate the situation using my better “Bible Study Girl” eyes….I still felt discontentment. THANK YOU for always bringing the perspective that I need! God is using you in amazing ways for people you have yet to meet!! πŸ™‚ I am learning more and more that grace IS enough! I really WOULD take all the pain and suffering to know that I, as well as my dearest family, would get to spend an eternity with The One, my Heavenly Father. But, Father, let’s please not start testing me jusssst yet! πŸ˜‰

  2. I’ve been mulling this idea over for a long while now, so my thoughts haven’t totally solidified yet. But here’s what I’m thinking:

    This is the wrong way to look at it. The question is not: Are you content with what God has given you. Are you content enough that if He went all “Job” on you that you’d say, “Thank You, Lord! May I have another?”

    No. Not even Job did that. Instead, the beautiful thing about the contentment we can have in God’s grace is what He does in and through the bad stuff. There’s redemption and provision and goodness that flows out of horrible situations because of Grace. Grace is enough because it is what fuels the good we have… not that it is “payment enough” for our gratitude. It is, but to view it that way puts the focus in the wrong spot. It assumes that God is holding back. It places the emphasis on what you don’t have rather than on what God is doing in His redemptive work.

    Thoughts?

    ~Luke

  3. Maybe it’s because I’m not 100% awake… but I’m not following. It’ll sink in later I’m sure. I’m glad you got that moment of “revelation” in your reading. It’s a very cool thing! Happy Monday!

  4. Whoa!
    We just yesterday picked up our 21 year old son from the emergency room. He had a head on collision with a utility pole. He has no broken bones, only a concussion and bruises. The car is totalled, the utility pole had to be immediately replaced, yet he is alive, by the grace of God. There are all kinds of things to worry about and stress over right now, but I am doing my best to keep my focus on the good that will come of this. He is alive today and I am not planning his funeral today.

  5. oh man I constantly receive “grace upon grace” and still feel discontent — thanks for the reminder that grace and salvation are enough!

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