Have you ever wondered what it means to be under the grace of God? What is grace? Can we find grace in suffering? I want to see if I can share some answers to those questions. I have struggled in the past in knowing what GRACE means. Through a lot of study and time spent with God, He reveals the things to us that our hearts to desire to know. Sometimes we find our answers in the difficulties that we face.
Grace is mentioned 206 times in the Bible (KJV, in different ways). A definition of grace is this: Grace is God doing good for us that we do not deserve. Grace can also be defined as God’s sufficiency or fullness in the life of the believer. Ephesians 2:8 states “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God” The grace of God makes us who we are. It is God’s goodness working in us that makes us into great servants for Him. We need the grace of God for salvation. Without the grace of God we can not have eternal life. However, we also need the grace of God for our daily walk. We are weak and prone to stray. Jesus told us that we can do nothing without Him (John 15:5). He provides daily strength through his grace working in us. We should seek his grace and believe that He will provide what He has promised and walk with assurance that His grace is working in us.
The grace of God does not spare his people suffering, but rather uses suffering to bring people to himself. The Son of God himself suffered to save people from condemnation. Now he turns suffering again and again for our good both in this age and in the age to come. Sometimes we face difficulties to find something in God that you can not get from other people. Often we don’t understand why we have to suffer through certain seasons in our lives. Often there is no logical answer at all. I honestly believe that in those times God is trying to draw us closer to himself. He so desires a relationship with us that we sometimes have to be broken to see it and appreciate it. God wants to be our number one priority! What would happen if we gave God all credit for all things? What would happen if we fully trusted in him beyond any reason of doubt? Do you realize how much he wants to bless you in your life if you are faithful to him? I don’t mean that everything will be easy. I mean that everything will have a meaning. It will be bearable. Everything will make you wiser and more loving. Everything will draw you nearer to God. That is how the grace of God will become visible in your life. Trust the grace of God. Don’t put trust in yourself, or your money, your church or your job. Put your trust in the grace of God and then hang in there. Don’t let anyone trick you out of the greatest gift of God!
I have felt God’s grace. I was so broken and wondering why I could not find answers for my health troubles. One doctors appointment after the other left me feeling hopeless and insecure. After finally finding someone to help me with my back problem, I felt refreshed and happy. Filled with joy and thankfulness in receiving a long-awaited answer to my prayer. I prepared myself for a long recovery after surgery and pondered the hardships that could come as a result. I am currently almost 7 weeks post-op and doing amazing!! God is so good! All the time. I am able to sit for a considerable amount of time on my special cushion and a pillow. I am able to drive short distances. I am able to walk at a normal pace again. I have regained a lot of my strength. I am able to do small tasks around the house and cook simple meals. I feel incredible! God has healed me. I know it’s still a work in progress, but I did not expect to feel this good. It is so much more than I ever thought possible and yet, here I am. Living proof that God listens to our prayers and He cares for us. I am still limited to the amount of weight I can physically carry or lift, but I don’t want to push myself too hard and then later regret it. I am just so overjoyed by the progress I have made, even just in the last week. I get tired quite easily, but in time that will get better also.
I don’t know if it was related or if God has answered yet another prayer of mine. My breast pain has completely disappeared. I did not want to mention anything for the first while because I wondered if it was just masked by all the medications I was on after surgery. I have not had any pain since I went in for surgery related to that. No swelling either. It felt a little bit uncomfortable after I was off of the anti-inflammatory medication, and I wondered if all my symptoms would come back again. I chose to trust in God. I feel confident in saying this, He has healed me!
God has been with me every single day through this whole process. He’s been with me on the most frustrating and discouraging moments. He’s been with me on the most joyful and happy days. He’s given me strength and He’s given me joy. I feel empowered and all the credit goes to my Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ! Can we find a love so great as our Heavenly Father has for us? How can we fathom how much He cares for us? God has revealed to me so much during this season of my life and I am so grateful for his amazing grace in my suffering. Live under the grace of God. Seek Him and His will for your life and accept His amazing love for you.