Saturday, 23rd September, 2023
Topic: GOD’S MANIFOLD GRACE
Text: 2 Corinthians 12:7-10
“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.”
I Peter 5:10 NKJV
We serve a multi-faceted and multi-coloured God. How wonderful it is to behold His beauty! Apostle John described God’s works as manifold. He manifests in divers ways and cannot be confined.
Manifold grace describes the majestic diversity of God’s grace towards His children. Apostle Peter called Him, “the God of all grace” (1 Pet 5:10). He is the God of inexhaustible and variegated grace. The manifold grace of God is like the heavenly jasper with innumerable facets. As you behold it from different vantage points, you discover new insights of His graciousness. This multifaceted grace adequately provides for the multifaceted trials of life, as described by Peter in I Peter 5:10. “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.”
The truth is that the troubles of life come in different forms. It may vary according to its enormity. Paul described their trials as being “hard pressed” (2 Cor. 4:8) and the trials of the Macedonian believers as a “great trial of affliction” ((2 Cor 8:2). There are light afflictions and great afflictions. Whichever, the grace of God is available and sufficient for all magnitude of challenges. No one can therefore excuse himself or herself before God. Sometimes you hear people saying, “They don’t know what I am passing through”. While it is true that someone may not truly understand what your condition is, there is a High Priest who understands and provides the grace for your condition “For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. 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 4:15-16).
Challenges of life also vary according to age and marital status. The common concern of a youth is not the same as the elderly; and that of a young parent differs from that of a grand parent. Yet, God’s grace is still available for the different levels. For example, there is no such difficult time to live as a Christian like our time today. The challenges that we faced as youths are not what the youths of today are facing. With the easy access to the internet and general advancement of technology, it has become harder. Yet, God has provided grace to counter the flood and strength of the sin of the age. “Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more,” (Rom 5:20).
Friends, God’s grace is available and more than enough for every challenge of life. Don’t be like the man sitting beside a well of water and still dying of thirst. Stop living in self-pity! Stop excusing yourself! Rather, draw from the grace that comes through Jesus Christ today. Hallelujah!
1. Father, please, I refuse to live in excuses anymore, rather I tap into Your all-sufficient grace in Jesus name.
2. Father, in this sinful age, cause Your grace to abound to me in Jesus name.
1. God’s grace is available to me for every need.
2. As sin abounds in our time, God’s grace abounds much more to me.