What Can We Learn From Grace Denied?
by Brook Phelps 9/27/2006 / Christian Living
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. To Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.” (1 Peter 5: 8-11.)
It is always hard when grace is denied; when we feel a situation should go a certain way and we become disappointed and/or disheartened when everything seems to go for the worst. For example, when we look to professionals like doctors and lawyers to help us or our love ones yet we are told, “There’s nothing I can do.” Our heart drops as the person we look to the most for reassurance and assistance, especially during times of desperation, leaves us with nothing. Yet, the one to whom we should be turning, the one who controls everything is our Father who denies us grace at times to glorify Him. We get lost in confusion, anger, and sometimes maybe resentment. But this world is not the one we should be worried about the most but rather our eternity.
“…whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.” (James 4:14 NKJV.)
Life as we know it is a heartbeat in time. Our Father, our creator, is in control and we need to trust in Him and Him alone and give Him our all. Professionals cannot override what our Father has planned for us or the gifts he bestows upon us. Do not lose heart. Do not waver in your love and faith in Him.
“And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Corinthians 12:7-10.)