“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights.” James 1:17
“And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19
“Better is a little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble with it.” Proverb 15:16
“I will sing to the LORD, because he has dealt bountifully with me.” Psalm 13:6
The other night I walked into our bedroom and found my husband sitting at his desk. In front of him was an open wallet and two watches. I stood there next to him. Silent. Staring at the bag that the hospital had given him. His father’s “personal effects”. What was left in the room when he passed away. A few dollars, some business cards, and a couple of credit cards. Two watches. There they sat. Another reminder that he is gone.
The reality is that he has left so much more than that. He left a legacy of trusting God to provide, being wise with his money, and generous with all that he had been given. He left a legacy of regularly giving God glory and thanking him for how he provided for he and his family over the years. “I want to help!” He used to say. “God has been so good to me!”
Since we have recently walked through the deaths of both of my husband’s parents, we are even more aware of the legacy we want to leave behind. We don’t want our children to have to sift through a mess that we’ve left. We want to leave them with no doubt in their minds about who provided for us over the years. Anything that we have been given, we want to hold on to loosely, invest wisely, and allow it to be used for God’s glory — for generations to come.
Our goal is to follow in the footprints of my in-laws. We want the voice that echoes in our children and grandchildren’s ears, long after we are gone, to be one that says, “I want to help! God has been so good to us!”
As I have been reading about all the different ways in which God gifts us his grace, not am I only growing in my understanding of what he has done for me, but I becoming more and more grateful for his gifts of grace! Another type of grace that God gifts us is called Provisional Grace. God chooses to lovingly provide for us in spite of our imperfect obedience. His provisional grace accounts for every good thing in our lives - health, possessions, family, friends, and jobs. As I look back over my life, I can see so clearly how he has provided for me all that I have needed. It was not always in the way I may have wanted or even expected, but He has provided in every way.
Look around you. Do you have a place to live, food to eat, a spouse, a car, a job? If you can answer “Yes!” to any of these, you have experienced God’s grace that provides. But God does more than provide for our material needs. He has provided Himself, the gospel, and the promise of an eternity with him. We have done nothing to earn or deserve this grace, but he provides it anyway. Amazing grace! Doesn’t this truth make you want to live a grace filled life?
REFLECT AND APPLY:
Let’s take some time, right now, to thank God for this gift of Provisional Grace!
“Father, thank you for every aspect of your amazing grace. I don’t deserve it. I did nothing to earn it. Yet, you shower me every day with this amazing gift. You have provided all that I have needed, and more. I pray that I would shower my children with grace every day so that they might get a glimpse of you and ultimately become totally yielded to you. Amen.”
**This 25 Day journey is based on my book “Grace Gifts: Celebrating Your Children Every Day“. You do not need the book to go through “25 Days of Grace“, but if you are interested, you can purchase a copy HERE!