My faint heart is often tempted to blame God when bad things happen, because I think I ‘deserved better.’ But really, did I deserve better? That’s not really the point of grace, amazing grace! This week I was listening to Nehemiah 9, and it stood out to me just how many times the passage talked about God’s mercy, God’s goodness, God’s deliverance, God’s compassion.
In the passage when there was someone at fault, someone rebelling, someone being hard and stiffnecked, it was the people.
In the passage when there was deliverance, compassion, mercy, MIGHTY works, marvellous deeds, it was God.
‘Thou, even thou, art Lord alone; thou hast made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all things that are therein, the seas, and all that is therein, and thou preservest them all; and the host of heaven worshippeth thee.
7 Thou art the Lord the God, who didst choose Abram, and broughtest him forth out of Ur of the Chaldees, and gavest him the name of Abraham;
8 And foundest his heart faithful before thee, and madest a covenant with him to give the land of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Jebusites, and the Girgashites, to give it, I say, to his seed, and hast performed thy words; for thou art righteous:
9 And didst see the affliction of our fathers in Egypt, and heardest their cry by the Red sea; (Nehemiah 9:6-9)
It made me think about myself. How often am I tempted to blame God instead of really realizing and digging into how merciful He has been on me?
God is good. Goodness is the very essence of God’s nature. He is good, holy, just, merciful and compassionate. In a way that I can not describe, God is perfectly balanced in every one of those aspects of His nature.
Nehemiah 9 brings out the perfection and the mercy of God in such beautiful detail. It almost brought me to tears thinking of how God’s mercy extends so far even beyond my many many failures, sins, and shortcomings.
I’m realizing that I need to look at how much I didn’t deserve God’s mercy and how much of His goodness I’ve been given.
Nehemiah 9:17, ‘And refused to obey, neither were mindful of thy wonders that thou didst among them; but hardened their necks, and in their rebellion appointed a captain to return to their bondage: but thou art a God ready to pardon, gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and forsookest them not.’
Instead of questioning God, what if I looked at ALL the instances of His grace everyday? Instances of grace like:
My Family Loving Me
Trials that teach me more about how much I need God’s grace and God to strengthen me for each battle.
Days Full of Sunshine
Getting to Wake Up Everyday and Serve Jesus
Being Forgiven and Reminded of God’s Forgiveness especially when I mess up A. Lot.
Watching Movies and TV Shows with My Sisters and Talking about the good things and the problems we have with it
Satisfying a Hungry Belly
Grace is undeserved favor. That’s what grace is, and it wouldn’t be grace if we deserved it.
Instead of questioning God’s undeniable eternal goodness, mercy, and truth, I want to look for instances of grace every day and most of all remember that Jesus Christ is the reason that God’s grace can flood our souls today and throughout eternity.
Lately I’ve really been soaking in the grace of God in just enjoying each moment. I’m enjoying especially the foodie moments without so much of the fear that has ridden with me for years.
So today’s theme for WIAW is going to be ‘Moments of Grace’. 🙂 Thank you Laura and Jenn for this fun foodie linkup that always makes my heart wonder at all the different kinds of foods and foodies in the world. I’m also joining the ‘Thinking out Loud’ Party and Jamie’s Sunday Thoughts to talk about the instances of grace we see every day.
Cinnamon Roll Bread tastes AMAZING on yogurt. It made the best second breakfast on Monday.
Leftover Chicken Spaghetti Sauce and a precious precious verse from Micah 6:8.
‘He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?’
Big Plates of Spaghetti and a happy tummy afterwards.
The promise of joy, joy in God, even after so many tears. (So many tears during recovery and struggling with an ED, but GOD does restore)
‘The Lord hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad.
4 Turn again our captivity, O Lord, as the streams in the south.
5 They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.’ (Psalm 126:3-5)
Happy pieces of toast with creamy almond butter from a delightful sister and friend Jasmine and my favorite pecan butter from Georgia Grinders.
Most of all God alone can give us eyes to see these instances of grace, of His goodness, His mercy. May the Lord give us the eyes to see. <3
What small instances of grace and big instances of grace have you seen lately?
What are you thankful for today?