Yesterday morning my dad was preaching on suffering. Jesus suffered and died for our sins, and we often recall that in very specific ways this time of year. Most of the great heroes of the Bible suffered beyond what we could imagine...they truly knew Christ in the "fellowship of His sufferings" (Philippians 3:10). Yesterday's message specifically looked at Paul, and asked the question, "Why Do We Suffer?" Four of the answers we looked at were...
You've often heard me write about the concept of fullness, but I was caught by how my dad explained what the phrase "grace for grace" means. The literal idea is grace upon grace. An illustration for the meaning is waves at the ocean. If you were to visit the beach and sit by the water, you would see and hear a wave...followed by another....and another...and so it would continue. Wave upon wave. Never ending. Constantly flowing. That is the idea here - just as the waves flow onto shore one upon another, so does God's grace flow into our lives. Grace upon grace upon grace upon grace.
I will remember that the next time we take a day trip to be seaside. As I hear the constant sound of lapping waves, I will recall the lavish, unending, constant gift of grace God bestows on my life.
He has given me grace upon grace upon grace upon grace.
He suffered for me.
I have experienced His fullness.
I am thankful beyond words.