Lately, when I go to bed, I have this increasing awareness that I might not wake up in the morning. And if I do, it’s only because God has allowed it.
When I wake up, I’m increasingly aware that I did not wake up in hell. And that this, too, is the work of God. For if I got what I deserved, that’s where I’d be right now – far from the presence of God, receiving the just recompense for my sinful ways.
But I did wake up this morning, and I did not wake up in hell.
Who gets the credit for that? Surely not me.
King Jesus gets the credit. Amen?
Lately, when I wake up, these words are ringing in my ears:
“He himself gives all men life and breath and everything else . . . In him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:25, 28).
My life is hanging by the slender thread of God’s sovereign grace.
And so is yours.
This is what is on my mind this morning – the matchless, incredible, amazing grace of God that saved a wretch like me.
I’m also thinking a lot about God’s grace because I’ve been reading through the Old Testament. In January I read Genesis and most of Exodus. God’s grace is everywhere in the stories of the creation, the fall and the flood. God’s grace is pervasive in the calling of Abraham/Isaac/Jacob and the rags-to-riches account of Joseph. And God’s grace is overwhelming in the mighty deliverance of Israel from slavery in Egypt.
Here’s a beautiful tribute to the grace of God, written by Dayo Adewoye, a Nigerian believer I met online last year. Dayo and I, along with 1,000+ other believers, read J.I. Packer’s book Knowing God together and interacted on a Facebook group devoted to that book. I highly recommend Dayo’s blog, The Christian Mind. It’s filled with God-saturated writing such as this.
A Meditation on Grace
by Dayo Adewoye
I pray that you’ll see the grace of God all around you today.
What has God done for you lately? He’s given you the precious gift of life.
Take a breath — and experience the grace of God. Move a muscle — and experience the grace of God.
What has God done for you lately? He’s given you the precious gift of His Word.
Today, get your Bible, open it up, and read it — and experience the grace of God. For when you read His Word, you are standing on holy ground, in the presence of King Jesus, who is speaking to you and calling you into His kingdom, now and forever more.