Welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner. My friend, may I ask you a question today? We get through life, often by the skin of our teeth, wiping our brow with a sense of pride and accomplishment at just making it by again. But, is that how God wants us to acknowledge his grace? If redeemed by the blood of the Lamb is there any room for us in the equation?
My friend, lifes a story, welcome to This Passing Day.
Have you ever had the experience of just getting through something in
nick of time, or holding on and making it by the skin of your teeth? Years ago as I was digging a foundation wall for an addition to our house I experienced a close call, just making it by the skin of my teeth or, for that matter, in a nick of time. I had just got the concrete footings poured in the trench and was descending back down to check to see if they were dry enough to begin laying block. The ground in that area was porous and sandy so I had to deal with constant caving on the sides of the trench. As I was bending over and probing the concrete for firmness a large truck drove by up on the road adjacent to our property. I could feel the vibrations around me. As I looked up I began to see sand beginning to cascade my way. In an instant I was on the ladder and climbing out of the trench just as it began to collapse around the area I had been squatting in. The sand piled up to a depth of several feet. Even though I believe I would have been able to dig out, it would have been unpleasant to say the least. Standing over the trench I thought to myself, “I’m sure glad that I was able to get out of there.”
As I stood over that trench a sense of pride and self achievement overwhelmed me. I sure did that well, I thought. It wasn’t until later that I was humbled by the thought that had it not been for God I could have been injured. My initial sense of perfection in the matter was founded on my ability, and not God’s grace.
Here’s a story. A small boy was consistently late coming home from school. His parents warned him one day that he must be home on time that afternoon, but nevertheless he arrived later than ever. His mother met him at the door and said nothing. At dinner that night, the boy looked at his plate. There was a slice of bread and a glass of water. He looked at his father’s full plate and then at his father, but his father remained silent. The boy was crushed. The father waited for the full impact to sink in, then quietly took the boy’s plate and placed it in front of himself. He took his own plate of meat and potatoes, put it in front of the boy, and smiled at his son. When that boy grew to be a man, he said, “All my life I’ve known what God is like by what my father did that night.” (J. Allan Peterson, Sermonillustrations.com)
I imagine that little boy figured he’d made it home in a nick of time, pushing the envelope of his parent’s grace as far as he could. How like you and I that so often is. We get through life, often by the skin of our teeth, wiping our brow with a sense of pride and accomplishment at just making it by again. But, is that how God wants us to acknowledge his grace? We are saved by grace through faith and not of ourselves. That’s what makes us a “royal priesthood” and not our own ability to dodge in and out of life’s problems. That father’s dinner was a gift and my climbing out of the trench was wrapped and tied-up with a bow. Similarly, every day is a gift, and divinely packaged within those days are precious moments. Redeemed by the blood of the Lamb how could it not be so. Not any luck, nor merely skill, but purely grace.
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We pray. Thank you Lord for your boundless grace and mercy poured out upon us daily and freely because of the atoning sacrifice of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Forgive us Father when we put our pride before your mercy in our lives. May we always be mindful of the role that grace plays in our lives and that despite our skill, which is merely another gift from above, luck has no role to play; just your boundless mercy and grace. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
Therefore my friend, Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. This Passing Day. (Matt 6:34)
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