From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another.
I don’t know the emotion you bring to this daily devotional. I don’t know if you are reading this in the midst of your dream job or no job, perfect health or a difficult illness, having lovingly kissed your spouse good-bye and longing to be reunited or left without words and dreading the end of the day back home. Maybe there is no spouse back home and you are and feel alone. Maybe some relationships with children are strained and you are scared. But…here’s what I know.
- God is gracious and merciful. In his grace he gives us the good things we don’t deserve. In his mercy he doesn’t give us the things we do deserve. His grace and mercy remind us that he has not and will not forsake us. Even when we “feel” alone, he is there. Even when we “feel” abandoned, we are not. Even when we have run from him to a distant country he is waiting with open arms to forgive us.
- God sends continual blessings. The air we breathe, the food we eat, the roof over our heads—all continual blessings from God. Resources of time, gifts, experience, and money—are all continual blessings from God. The great spiritual blessings that come from being created in Christ Jesus—salvation, forgiveness, faith, assurance—all blessings from God. And yes even the difficult challenges of your day and the painful stretching that is taking place—all blessings from God.
Lord, I don’t know the emotion that each person brings to these devotionals, but you do and that’s all that matters. Show yourself strong and mighty and gracious and merciful in our lives today. Help us to know you are with us. Help us to sense your presence. Thank you for your grace, mercy, and continual blessings. In Jesus’ name. Amen.