Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Psalm 66:1–12 God's Grace in Pain, not Pleasure

KEY TEXT: Ps 66:10-12 For you, O God, have tested us; you have tried us as silver is tried. You brought us into the net; you laid a crushing burden on our backs; you let men ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water; yet you have brought us out to a place of abundance.

KEY THOT: God will try His people as silver is tried—to purify us by removing the dross of the sinful flesh. He will bring us through the tough times of fire and water. Yet, at the other end of the dark tunnel, we shall emerge into a place of abundant rejoicing. Grace does not spare us from pains but is experienced during tough times: "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." God’s grace sustains us as we go through tough times. But God’s grace will also reward us with abundance when it’s all over. Praise be to God!

We will be entering soon a period of personal or global tribulation of fire and water. But we thank God that He will be there to go through the troubled waters with us: He will either turn the sea into dry land or build a bridge for us to cross over. Whichever it is, we will have to go through it, so that we may experience His grace and give praise to Him at the other shore. During such time, we must remember God’s promise: “My grace is sufficient for you.”

In everything give thanks, because whether in prosperity or in adversity, we will experience God’s grace and power. In fact, it is often through tough times that we experience His greatest grace. Let’s not confuse grace with indulgence. We don’t have an indulgent Father but a holy one. May we become more like Him—whatever it takes. 

Father, thank You that Your grace is sufficient for us—no matter how hot the fire and how deep the water. For Your grace will sustain us so that we might rejoice in You when we reach the other shore. Thank You Jesus. Amen.

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