“How Precious, God, is Your Grace”

February 25th, 2010

On Tuesday, I stopped by a friend’s house, and briefly glanced at these words on the small wooden, hand-lettered sign they have hanging on their property.  Ever since then, this phrase has been beating the time in the background of my mind, sort of like a song stuck in my head.

“How precious, God, is your grace.”

You know, grace has no meaning outside the context of sin.  It does not mean “good things bestowed on good people.”

A close friend recently challenged me with a strong corrective from the Scripture.  It was just what I needed to hear to prevent me from blundering into a sin of words that could have done damage.  The truth she spoke to me is the grace of God to my weak and sinful self.

“How precious, God, is your grace.”

He also chose to give me a glimpse into the darkness and pain and smallness and chaos and lostness of living outside of the grace of God.  What is left when you take God’s grace out of the picture?  There is only self.  If I were ever to become convinced that my only hope lay in myself, I would not want to go on living.  Much less would I have true joy welling up in my heart in the midst of these present uncertainties.  It simply is not there in me, myself, without God’s grace.

“How precious, God, is your grace.”

An online friend asked me some questions about my pride issues that were revealed by our “twin experience.”  In going back and recounting the story to her, the ugliness of my sin during those months–my resentment at the lack of help and support from others, my self-pity and martyr-like attitude, my pride and unwillingness to be open about our struggles and ask for help, ultimately my failure to see and rest in God’s sovereignty and goodness in every circumstance that He had crafted for us–all this ugliness rose up before me again.  What if He had not intervened and poured His grace into my heart, convicting me of my sin against Him?  What if He had left me to myself, to walk the path I was willfully following?

“How precious, God, is your grace.”


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