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We have all been at those life crossroads where we feel we are jumping into mid air, with nothing there to hold on to!
Grace -- the GIFT of God ...
Ask anyone for a definition of grace and they will say ... "unmerited favor". And yes, it is grace that makes available to us the gift of salvation - by grace through faith we are born again! Unmerited completely, we did nothing to deserve God's forgiveness and in His love willing to make the ultimate sacrifice to gain the forgiveness of our sin.
In Luke 2:40 it reads, referring to Jesus ... "and the Child grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom and the grace of God was upon Him."
Is 'unmerited favor' interchangeable with 'grace' in that verse? Hardly - There is nothing in Jesus that was 'unmerited' ... If He had received grace from God and it was 'unmerited' , He could not have been the Lamb of God - the sinless, perfect sacrifice.
So ... have we missed something? Is there something more to this 'grace' that God offers us? More than providing an undeserved entrance into the Kingdom of God?
There is another verse in Hebrews that reads ... "Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need." Heb. 4:16
Here we are clearly told that 'grace' is something we can ask for on an ongoing basis - to "help us in time of need."
From this verse it is clear that grace is also 'enabling strength' to help us in our weakness.
Does 'enabling strength' fit in the Luke verse above? I think it does! Jesus was God but He was also fully Man and therefore needed the enabling grace of God to fulfill His purposes - even as we do.
When we are free falling - shocked by tragedy - overwhelmed by what faces us - betrayed or deeply disappointed by a loved one - feeling so inadequate for the task facing us - does God offer us more 'grace' ?
YES, He does!
When we are afraid, when we do not know where to go, we can come BOLDLY and ask for 'more grace'. Why boldly? Because there is no doubt that God will grant us the grace we need. He will help!! His promises are sure! His strength is made perfect in our weakness.
"O Father, I need more grace! more grace! Every morning, and throughout the day, I come to your throne to ask for the enabling strength I need to walk through this my earthly life."