How many times have I sung those words without realizing the wonderful truth behind them? On my hardest days (either physically or emotionally), these words are enough to lift my spirits and give added strength. Because God’s grace truly is amazing. And vast. All-encompassing.
T’was Grace that taught my heart to fear,
And Grace, my fears relieved;
How precious did that Grace appear
the hour I first believed!
Ah, that sweet and precious saving grace. I do not deserve it. When I think that I deserve an eternal hell, but Jesus Christ paid the ultimate price for my sin, it overwhelms me. Only His grace could give someone like me eternal life, and a walk with Him while I live on this earth. I grew up in a preacher’s home.
When I was young, I prayed a prayer and for a few years I held on to that prayer. If I prayed the words, I was okay with God, right? I was not okay. When I was 11 years old, I realized I had prayed a prayer, but I had never truly understood my sin and need of Jesus Christ’s payment for my sin. I was trying to be good, praying, and hoping. It was all in vain. That night I cried out to God, and was truly saved. Grace. Undeserved favor. What about you? Have you trusted Christ alone for your salvation? If you haven’t, or have questions, please contact me. I’d love to tell you more about this saving grace.
Grace for the Valleys
Through many dangers, toils and snares
I have already come,
‘Tis grace has brought me safe thus far
And grace will lead me home.
Saving grace overwhelms me. Grace in times of trial sustains me. It’s above and beyond. Not only did He save me from my sin and eternal death, He continues to give grace whenever I need it. I don’t deserve it. That’s why it’s called grace. I fail Him so often, but He keeps giving grace.
Some of my favorite verses are Hebrews 4:15-16. “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”
The King of Heaven invites me to come before His throne boldly. He assures me of His welcome, and encourages me to come ask when I need grace to help. That is a serious perk of being a child of the King.
Grief and physical pain are burdens that are hard to carry. They weigh us down. Pain slows us, grief drags at us, fatigue overwhelms. It’s hard. It also draws us to the Saviour for help, if we let it. In times of trouble, I have choices. I can run to the King, or curl up in myself. I can trust God, or I can blame Him for not fixing things my way and in my time. What choice will you make today?
What is your favorite hymn for hard days? Share it with us in the comments below.