Before he had finished speaking…

This morning, I read the story of Abraham sending his servant to find a wife for his son from among his family back in Mesopotamia. The servant had to travel many miles and ask a young woman who didn’t know him to go with him to marry Isaac. An impossible task? When the servant arrived in the city, he said a simple prayer, asking for a definite sign from the girl that he should approach. And “before he had finished speaking,” Rebekah, the granddaughter of Abraham’s brother Nahor, was walking toward him. Pretty neat. The Lord already had her enroute to the well to draw water for the servant and his camels.

We pray.

But God already has the answer.

When we are faced with seemingly impossible situations, we need to remember that God’s grace is sufficient. This devotion helps paint a beautiful word picture of how big our God is… Can you imagine a tiny fish being worried that he might drink up the entire river and then go thirsty? How silly. That’s us, thinking we might somehow use up God’s grace.

But he said to me, “My grace is enough for you,
for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
So then, I will boast most gladly about my weaknesses,
so that the power of Christ may reside in me.
II Corinthians 12:9


Grace upon grace…


I grew up saying grace at every meal.

I knew what it meant be a “graceful” young lady…
…and gave up on wearing high heals because they
were definitely not adding to my “gracefulness.”

(I walk like my Dad. It was kind of hilarious.)

But not too many years ago, I discovered the
real meaning of the word “Grace.”

God’s unmerited favor.

His love and forgiveness for us…
His favoring us…
His laying down His life for us…

… When we didn’t even deserve it.

As Christians, we can demonstrate a small portion
of grace to those around us by helping, forgiving,
loving, being patient, and offering kindness.

And we can offer a bit of grace to our own selves…
…by realizing we all fail, we all fall…
…and by not expecting perfection from ourselves.

So, for this next year,
my One Word is going to be

For from His fulness, we have all received grace upon grace.
John 1:16