My Affliction for His Glory

Day 8 of 8 • This day’s reading

Devotional

Born to Celebrate God’s Grace


“There is a lot to be said about God when I get a glimpse of His beauty in this life.”


My ever-wise wife shared that with me this past summer, and it hasn’t left me since. It is a phrase that is astonishingly simple, yet powerfully true. Every single day God makes His invisible attributes known through what He has made (Romans 1:20) and in that, we see a glimpse of His beauty and grace in tangible ways. We see it in a sunset or a mountain top view. We can hear it in the joy of a little child. It lands on our hearts in the form of kind words from a stranger.


Yet, the thing that often happens in the busyness of our lives is that we miss those tangible expressions of God’s grace. We become too focused on our daily schedules and the graces of God can easily become obscured. Sometimes, we just need to stop and truly take stock of the works of God in our lives. The Psalmist gives us a great lesson in Psalm 46:10 when he says, “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” 


We fight our ungrateful hearts when we celebrate what God is doing in our lives. This is not a worship of gifts above the Giver Himself, this is the recognition that good gifts come from a gracious God. He is not distant. He is not indifferent to my life. God is with me. God is for me. He is working all things together in my life for His glory. God is constantly stepping into our lives to give us things we did not earn and do not deserve, much like the saving grace He has bestowed on His sons and daughters.


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