[audio m4a="http://www.gracetogrow.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/08-Amazing-Grace.m4a" loop="true" autoplay="true" preload="auto"][/audio] "And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them. But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God." Genesis 6:7-9 reminds us that in a chaotic downward spiraling world, we can still find grace in God's eyes.
Meditating on grace gives me the opportunity to slow down, breathe, "smell the roses", and smile from within because of the joy God has placed inside of me. Joy is so much better than happiness. It doesn't matter what kind of day I had, what I may have said out of context, or what thoughts tried to consume me, God still gave me all that I needed to rejoice in Him. James 1:17 says "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning." Isn't that amazing! God doesn't change EVER! The God of grace grants grace in every season, every day, for every situation.
I get overwhelmed when I think about the goodness of God. My soul cries out hallelujah! His grace is peace, life, joy, and strength to me. Many people overlook the most basic examples of God's goodness. He provides for needs, puts a limit on seasons of suffering, listens to and answers prayers, and bestows desires of the heart. He does not show kindness to some and withhold from others; however, obedience and faith can make a difference. Consider Noah in Genesis 6, he walked with God. His daily relationship with God resulted in him and his entire family from swallowed in the great flood. This was a remarkable example of divine grace and favor.
How abundant are the good things that you have stored up for those who fear you, that you bestow in the sight of all, on those who take refuge in you. Psalms 31:19 NIV
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