Seasons of Grace
“Although I am less than the least of all the Lord's people, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the boundless riches of Christ, and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery, which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things." -Ephesians 3:8&9
Have you ever felt God's grace in your life? Conversely, have you ever felt when God's grace is not quite present with you? I know there are certain places I am not supposed to be, and things I am not supposed to do - partly because I do not feel God's grace on those activities! But in other surprising areas I do feel His grace... and am able to move in them freely.
Grace is the unmerited favor of God. It is by grace and through faith we are saved. (Ephesians 2:8) But after our salvation, God gives us grace to do the things He has called us to. However, we shouldn't use grace to do what we want. (Romans 6:1) Rather, we use grace to help us do what He wants. (1 Corinthians 15:10)
In life, we might've noticed when grace has seemed to "run out" at a job or at something we knew we were initially supposed to do. Although God's grace never runs out for us to turn to Him or serve Him, we realize as we walk more and more with Him that He anoints us to do different things, during different seasons. When the season ends, we need to be sensitive and obedient to move to the next place. Otherwise, we will find ourselves stifled and dry, wondering why we feel frustrated.
"Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God's grace in its various forms." -1 Peter 4:10
As Moses and the Israelites followed the cloud around in the wilderness, they learned trust, and how to walk in step with God. Are you walking in step with God's grace? Let us pray for God's grace, so that His grace and anointing will be with us during every season.
Related resource: Grace: More Than We Deserve, Greater Than We Imagine by Max Lucado