Welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner. My friend, may I ask you a question today? Do you ration your prayers, saving what and how you ask for the really tough times? Do you sometimes feel that God might get tired of your asking for his grace?
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Where we live there is no city water as we have a drilled well. It goes down about 100 feet through a limestone ledge into a permanent water table that has existed as such for centuries. Although there are a number of what are called “perched” water tables in the area, fresh springs that flow for the most part throughout the year, our well is drilled below these layers into the permeable rock layer many feet below the perched, spring layer of water. As long as there is precipitation throughout the year, the water table is maintained at a sustainable level from year to year. Even in drought years, although the table does drop, our well is drilled to a depth that compensates for periodic drops in the water table. This aquifer of water has never failed us in the nearly thirty years we’ve lived in this valley despite the fact that springs have periodically gone dry, the stream behind the house has dried up several times, and a number of other homes have been built in the area that also draw water from the same aquifer. When we turn on the tap we expect to draw fresh water from our well. In fact, although we are careful not to waste water, we seldom are concerned about drawing it, whether that be for a bath, changing gallons of water in one of our several fish tanks, or watering the lawn and plants during a dry summer stretch of weather. We draw water always with the expectation that the supply will be sufficient and the reserve will be replenished.
When we think of God’s grace, his unfailing, unmerited, sustaining and always apparent love and mercy, it might be compared to that hidden aquifer of water below our home here at Beech Springs. We know it’s there and how it works, but draw on it without thought that it might deliver an empty cup as compared to a full one whenever we turn on the tap.
Here’s a story. When Billy Graham was driving through a small southern town, he was stopped by a policeman and charged with speeding. Graham admitted his quilt, but was told by the officer that he would have to appear in court. The judge asked, “Guilty, or not guilty?”" When Graham pleaded guilty, the judge replied, “That’ll be ten dollars – a dollar for every mile you went over the limit.” Suddenly the judge recognized the famous minister. “You have violated the law,” he said. “The fine must be paid–but I am going to pay it for you.” He took a ten dollar bill from his own wallet, attached it to the ticket, and then took Graham out and bought him a steak dinner! “That,” said Billy Graham, “is how God treats repentant sinners!” (Progress Magazine)
The Apostle Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 6:1. “As God’s fellow workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain.” Paul is reminding the Corinthians and us that God’s grace is abounding, never rationed or meted out sparsely. There is never cause to conserve it or apportion it. His grace not only heals the moment, as Billy Graham discovered, it goes beyond to give us more, much more than we even hoped for. When life gets tough, you and I don’t need to wonder about the well of his grace; will it still be there, plentiful and flowing, or will it be dried up as we have used more than we deserved? You and I can turn on the tap of God’s grace whenever and however we wish. It will not dry up. This is a treasure that we can never use up or deplete. In that sense it is a poverty triumphant–we draw on account and never deplete.
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We pray. Thank you Lord for your unlimited grace, the mercies that you show us unabated day in and day out. Forgive us Father when we try to ration your grace by not asking for it lest it somehow be depleted or better used. Remind us daily that your grace is boundless and will never be depleted since it overflows and richly blesses us continually–always there just for the asking. 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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