Struggles with grace

I was reading Ephesians this morning. I usually struggle quite a bit with chapter one, as it is such a long combined thought. However, this morning I just sat and tried to understand it for me as a single person.

What blew me away was the simple reality that God was intentional about choosing me, even before history started. I mean WOW! Is it not incredible relational security to know that I was selected for the role, even before I had ever acted? This is a difficult thought and emotion to really explain, but it is something I want to allow to ferment inside me for a while.

Another crazy thought is that this selection of people is a sign of grace, and not just any grace, but glorious grace! I really struggled to understand that thought. One way I have started to understand it is that God sat with this soiled creation in his hands – and quite frankly – he didn’t have to choose anyone, or even continue with the story. It would just involve a lot of unnecessary pain and anger and disappointment for him to do so.

But he did choose people, and he chose to give this world a future.

Despite the total lack of merit.

I can see the grace in that.

Silly Wonder

When last did you sit and look at the bees at work?

This morning I was watching a lone bee doing his job at a purple-flowered ground-cover  It filled me with pleasure, and I was reminded “Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise”.

Observing nature in conversation with God can be very instructive. The thought that stayed with me is that God may find it as delightful when I am simply working the work I’ve been given; uncomplicated, “un-self-conscious”, and diligent as that bee.

A thought for the day on Matt 7-9 – 22 Jan 2013

“And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. And they went and woke him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing.” And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. And the men marveled, saying, “What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?”

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Thought for the day on Matt 3-5 – 18 Jan 2013

I was reading Matt 3-5, and it stood out to me how Jesus described righteousness:

  • Matt 3:15 “…for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” (fulfill = make replete, cram, level up)
  • Matt 5:6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness…”
  • Matt 5:20 “Unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”

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The Author Dare!

In a moment of rare genius the Finch came up with the following idea…

The author dare:

Regular authors and “commentors” can request specific authors to pen articles on a specified topic.

If you think this can be fun and insightful please comment on this post. If significant interest exists, this could be incorporated into the blog layout…

With much excitement,

The Finch – 28 June 2012