Reflections on Grace

 
 
 

Psalm 46:10 “Cease Striving and know that I am God.” (NASB)

Recently, I was thinking back to some of the days I spent in seminary. I learned a lot of good stuff during those years of study and preparation. Some of those “learnings” have proven to be very helpful during my ministry, other topics have yet to come up at all.

All that being said, there is one topic that was consistently discussed during nearly all of my Seminary courses and this topic is certainly one that has found its way into all sorts of sermons, pastoral care visits, and of course, devotional blog posts. What topic you ask? Grace.

During Seminary, this topic just kept coming up in my classes, in my readings, in my conversations with classmates. And during my past 8 years of ordained ministry, grace has continually been a topic in the congregations that I have served.

And why not? Grace is a big deal.   Grace means that in every way God comes to us. God alone is the source of life, healing, and
forgiveness, and there’s nothing we can do about it.

But more than that, its only by the grace of  God that we can possibly come to understand and believe these things.  It is not even our own abilities that lead us to believe, rather it is God that provides us with the life-giving ability to even believe in God in the first place.

That’s crazy.

And I’m sure some are thinking just that right now: Crazy.  It kind of stinks to not be able to claim credit or even take things into our own hands.  But maybe that’s the point. The very best thing in my entire life, my faith, is a gift from God. My faith isn’t something that I have achieved; it’s not an accomplishment. My faith is simply the result of the gracious ways that the Holy Spirit has been working in my life.

As I think about my life and the twists and turns of my faith journey over the years, there is no denying that God has been gracious with me again and again. More than anything else, I’m amazed by all the ways that God works despite me. It’s a powerful reminder that our journey of faith is not based on what we do do or believe or understand or achieve, rather the journey of faith is always build on what the Holy Spirit does through us by God’s grace.

Thank you God, for your Amazing Grace. Amen.

Nate Preisinger