I’ve taken a writing rest for a few days. It felt necessary with all that was going on in my too-busy life. Today feels like the perfect day to sit with God’s grace in a fresh way. It’s fresh because it’s a hymn, and that doesn’t happen every day in our hyper speed, contemporary culture. Many of the best lyrics have been written off as “musty-dusty classics” and shelved as “irrelevant” to the culture. Are they really? I don’t think so. Perhaps it is the culture that is irrelevant….
The hymn lyrics I’m sitting with today are from “He Giveth More Grace” by Annie Johnson Flint (1866-1932).
He giveth more grace when the burdens grow greater,
He sendeth more strength when the labors increase,
To added affliction He addeth His mercy,
To multiplied trials, His multiplied peace.
His love has no limit, His grace has no measure,
His power no boundary known unto men,
For out of His infinite riches in Jesus,
He giveth and giveth and giveth again.
When we have exhausted our store of endurance,
When our strength has failed ere the day is half-done,
When we reach the end of our hoarded resources,
Our Father’s full giving is only begun.
I love these words. As I read slowly and soak them in, I am reminded of the sweet grace that is given to me in the most difficult seasons, and this is one of those seasons. One long look at the difficult people, situations, or heart hurts, and I know I need more grace.
More grace, God!
Not to weary you, but to continually glorify you in your goodness and faithfulness.
Indeed, we have all received grace after grace from His fullness, for although the law was given through Moses, grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. John 1:16,17 CSB
And God is able to make every grace overflow to you, so that in every way, always having everything you need, you may excel in every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:8
But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9a NIV
In my attempts to be strong in this difficult season (which isn’t really strength at all in comparison to the One who created everything with a spoken word) my weakness is exposed for what it is. I hope to learn to boast in that weakness someday (2 Corinthians 12:9b). Until then, I will continue to explore his grace, and I will “make every effort to add to [my] faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge” (2 Peter 1:5). I wish to know sweet, fragrant grace—so that I might more fully receive it and gift it.
Thanks for reading. If this blesses you, too, then that is of beautiful benefit!
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