Growing In God's Grace

October 28, 2015
by Iris Ford

Ephesians 2:8-10 – For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God — not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (NIV 2011)

I surely love the song, "Wonderful grace of Jesus"; the music alone fills me with joy and gladness. But understanding God's grace is not easy, for it takes honesty: it's not me that shines through what I do today, but God does, for through His grace, He has planned it and given me the energy to do it. But do I really understand it? As the song goes:

    Wonderful grace of Jesus,
    Greater than all my sin.
    How shall my tongue describe it?

How shall I describe it? I have known about God's grace all my life, but as I age, I find that I am more aware of my need for God's grace in my life, for my own ability is fading. I used to see God's grace as a wonderful blessing that made all I do each day successful. Now, I know that God's grace is much more than a blessing — it is His wonderful actions in and through all that I am doing, for God has gone on ahead and made it all happen. I no longer rely on just what I can do.

Take writing these devotionals for instance. I can be sitting staring at the computer — no words coming — but then, they start to flow. God through His grace is bringing everything out into the open. Jesus' Spirit is working through me, as today's Scripture says: "For we are God's handiwork." Everything that God touches is His handiwork, and it shines through what I am trying to do.

How is that? Well, we are "created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." Just think how wonderful it is for God to be working through us. Wow! I live alone, but I am not alone trying to do this. God has it all prepared in advance. So stop worrying, Iris. God is doing the planning for you on all that happens today; just trust Him.

I am ashamed of the way that I did things when I was younger. I tried so hard to please God, but I did most things my own way. Can we know the path that God has for us? We all try very hard to plan our day and pray about it, but is this really the way God does things? How often I have kept especially still before the Lord, patiently waiting for Him to work out my day. In this our day, do we wait for the Lord to act before we do? Is this why so many of our efforts go for naught?

We all need to "grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ" (2 Peter 3:18a NIV). Jesus is alive and ready to help us today. Just ask Him!

Prayer: Lord, forgive us for our ignorance in trying to do everything ourselves. We mean well, but we are forgetting where the power is: with You, not us. We bow before You and leave today's cares to You. Thank You for sending Your Son into the world to show us the wonderful grace of Jesus. Amen.

About the author:

Iris Ford
Parksville, British Columbia, Canada

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Very wise words Iris.


    Iris thank you so much for these down to earth writings.


    Hi Iris. Another lovely devotional!
    Blessings on your day!


    Thank you, Iris, for reminding us that life is Gods way, or no way!
    (Ontario)


    Ah, Iris, patience to wait on the Lord, isn’t it a tough thing to do! Oh but the blessing when we do! Thanks for sharing this devotional with us. Blessings.


    Dear Iris:
    I’m glad you are still writing devotionals for the PCC Daily Devotional. Yes, how often we plan our own way and ask God to bless us, rather than asking Him to plan for us.


    Dear Iris:
    I am so glad your back and writing. Your words ring very true to me and I thank you. It happened just that way this morning and God told me what He wanted to do.
    God bless you Iris.


    Hello Iris.
    I so enjoyed this devotional and others you have written.
    I would like your permission to use this devotional at our Women’s Group.
    Blessings.


    Dear Iris,
    I am glad God is guiding you with your devotionals because they are thoughtfully written so that we can learn to remember to pray and be led by God each day. We do need to resist our will and need constant good reminders.
    Thank you.


    Dear Iris:
    it is so good to hear from you again. It is true that we are impatient and rush ahead to do God’s will before He tells us what it is. And why our efforts seemingly go to naught. But you have no need to feel ashamed, because is that not another part of God’s grace? To show us more Grace even when we fail to accept His grace? Praise the Lord for that!
    I started out to tell you that that Song “Wonderful Grace of Jesus” was one of my favorites too. It is hard to find it now in a hymn book or other music source.
    (Ontario)


    Thank you Iris for these wise words! I too strive too hard on my own, rather than being still first. Blessings.


    Dear Iris,
    Without God’s Grace we would not be writing devotions, would we?
    Chapter 5, “The New Math of Grace?” of Philip Yancey’s book WHAT’S SO AMAZING ABOUT GRACE? It is an amazing chapter.
    Keep writing Iris.


    Dear Iris,
    Thanks for this devotional. At my age, I have to be sure I keep hopeful.
    Your comments on grace help me do that. I still live in a house my parents bought many years ago. I have been trying to downsize, but it is difficult and sometimes painful. However, I know I can call on divine assistance to get the job done. It is so difficult to plan for the future. I am doing fine right now, but how long can I count on having good health? I am comforted in knowing that whatever happens, I will receive the strength to do what is necessary. I am so fortunate, right now, that I can be very active in my church.
    Thanks for reminding me that I must always pray for the grace to witness to my faith.  With best wishes for God’s great blessings.


    Thank you for those beautiful words of wisdom. And yes, we live and breathe and write by God’s grace. Amen.


    Hello Iris,
    Glad to have you on line.
    (ON)

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