Grace for the Day
“We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair…”
II Corinthians 4: 8 KJV
No matter what you may be facing today, you can face it through Jesus Christ. Many years ago there was a popular song entitled, “One Day at a Time.” However, if you are like so many of us, some days require extra added strength to take even “one step at a time” or “one breath at a time.”
Since the fall of mankind in the Garden of Eden, generation after generations have faced troublesome and perilous times; our generation is no exception. It is hard to imagine that of the six-point-five billion people now living on planet Earth millions and millions will most likely in one form or another face some sort of peril, sadness, grief, loss, persecution, or trial on this very day.
We are not alone in our sorrows; no matter our greed, color of skin, nationality, heritage, or religious beliefs. Even though many modern-day preachers and philosophers try to instill into our hearts and minds that if we will just “smile” our way through life all of our woes and cares will simply vanish away. But, that is NOT what the Bible teaches. The Old Testament Saint, Job, spoke from the heart of personal experiences when he stated, “Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble.” (Job 14:1)… We will also find that neither did Jesus try to misrepresent the nature of life nor the perils of mankind. Neither did he promise any of us a rose garden filled with blooming accolades of endless joy minus all of the thorns, thistles, and briars. Truthfully speaking, our blessings in life are found amongst the many thorns, thistles, and briars that we encounter.
As a child, I attended the funerals of several close family members in a relatively short period of time. Grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. One of my first cousins died on the day she was to be taken home from the hospital. Born a healthy baby girl, she suddenly stopped breathing while in the nursery. Another first cousin died when she was only six-weeks old from a developed lung infection. Being the oldest grandchild in the family, I felt such compassion for my two aunts and a true sense of personal loss. A few years later, a second cousin died of cancer at the age of eighteen. At the time, I was only fourteen years old. What a huge impact her death had on our family. She was a beautiful young lady who we watched suffer indescribably for months before she passed. No matter what some may say, great sorrow and grief cannot be replaced and healed by superficial smiles…It takes time, the Word of God, and the Grace of God upon our hearts and lives to regain strength to move forward and beyond the pain.
You may be in need of “added” Grace today. Sadly, you may be facing a situation or circumstance that you thought could never possibly have happened to you or to those you love. You may be facing a heart-wrenching loss, divorce, sickness and disease, or injury of some sort….If so, my heart goes out to you and for you. As you exercise your physical strength to breathe one breath at a time, may you feel the very presence of our Lord touching your heart and life. May you feel His presence walking right close beside you; arm in arm, hand in hand with Jesus. Allow Him to help you bear your grief. Hide thyself in the blessed Rock of Ages. “Yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast.” (Psalm 57:1).
For one day, and I don’t believe that Day is very far away, all of our sorrows, trials, and troubles will pass away, and we will live all of eternity never facing another heartache or tear. “And, God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain; for the former things are passed away.” (Revelation 21: 4) Friend, there is a brighter day coming ahead for those of us who trust and find comfort in the Lord. May you find “Grace for the Day.”
“My Grace is sufficient, saith the Lord.”
Remember, God Loves You!
Lin T. Rollins, Author