“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into the grace in which we now stand.” Romans 5:1-2

What is grace?  Is it an actual place?  How do we know if we are standing in it?

I don’t know about you but I sometimes wonder about this mystical place of grace that Paul speaks of in the above passage.  It is one of those places that I on rare occasions am able to picture in my mind.  A place where I feel free from all the defilements of this world, the shame of my past and present sin, and the place where I am completely and wholly excepted and seen as pure and unblemished by a Holy, Righteous, and Loving God.

Not sure why He ever chose me to stand in such a beautiful, peace-filled place but so thankful He chose me nonetheless!    It certainly wasn’t because I deserved it.  When God found me there certainly wasn’t much resembling “Good” in my life.  I was a young girl living in a tangled web of sin and struggle. 

The Psalm that most revealed how God came into my life is Psalm 40:

“I waited patiently for the LORD; be turned to me and heard my cry.  He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.”  Psalm 40:1-2 (NIV)

I was such a pit dweller!  Don’t get me wrong, I tried my hardest to be “good” but like a magnet I was drawn to the fleshly desires that this world had always offered me.  I didn’t truly know what it was like to experience the “goodness” of God until I gave my heart to Him and in exchange He gave me, for the first time, a firm place to stand.  His unchanging, unyielding, undeserved place of grace where all my sins (past, present, future) were washed away until I was white as snow in His presence!  A grace place..  

He set me in this spacious place where everything wrong I had done was made right and every wrong done to me was healed in a single moment.  I didn’t know much about this place but I knew that this was a place that I would want to occupy for the rest of my life.  Don’t get me wrong; I have been privileged to walk with Jesus over 25 years and I am still a work in progress.  When I said healed I meant in God’s eyes I was no longer a broken young woman but a woman clothed by the blood of His Son, the One and Only acceptable sacrifice and because of that He calls me daughter.

How about you dear one?  Are you allowing the enticements of this fallen world to convince you that you don’t need this “place of grace” as this world has more than enough to satisfy all of the longings of your heart?  Maybe like me you have a desire to do good but evil has always been right there with you, keeping you from seeking the only place your heart can truly find its place of rest.     

If that is you, won’t you choose to dip your foot into the refreshing springs of your Father’s grace and allow His love to wash over you?  His love that compels us to taste of something pure and good, and something unattainable through anything this world has to offer.

Are you weary and heavy laden tonight?  What areas of your life would benefit from standing in that place of grace?

I don’t know who you are but I want you to know that God does and I am praying for you  beloved.  Praying that you will take that step towards the Only One that can lift you out of the mud and mire you’re in and set you on a rock named “grace” where you will find all that is good… in all that is God.

Humbly His,

Sherrie

 

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