When I Can’t “Stand” Grace

randomlychad  —  October 4, 2011 — 7 Comments

'Grace' photo (c) 2009, Memphis CVB - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/

I am, like you, a pilgrim upon the Way–living a life in-between who I was, am, and am yet to be. As such, it is assured that neither you, nor I, will be whole until the mortal takes on immortality. This world doesn’t come by the appellation, “vale of tears,” for naught.

Indeed, Jesus promised us that “in this world, you will tribulation.” Yet who among us claims this promise? We, like the Apostle Paul before us, pray to be delivered from suffering, from tribulation. Yet, although God can, and does, heal–he often gives an answer we don’t ask for: grace.

Grace to bear the burdens, grace to endure in the face of trouble. In short, instead of giving us an answer, he gives us the Answer: himself.

“My grace is sufficient for you,” the Scriptures declare. “My strength is made perfect in

Would that I–that we–could trust this grace more, indeed when we can’t “stand it,” fall into it.

Into Him.




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  • Your post reminds me of a line from a Rich Mullins song "If I can't [stand], let me fall on the grace that first brought me to You." So often easier said than done. Like children fighting nap time, we'll often fight His offer of grace when it's the very thing we need the most.

    • Isn't that the truth? Why do we do that?What I was trying to get at (and perhaps failing) was that I so often want the relief, the answer, the solution to my problems, more than I want God Himself. Those are the times when I can't “stand” grace. Also, I was trying to evoke that Mullins tune--kudos for picking it up. 🙂

      • Ah, now I see that 'wanting the answer/solution/etc. more than God'. Interestingly enough, my mom and I were talking about that very thing a few days ago. In Western culture in particular, we want our 5 easy steps and have sorta lost sight of the fact we serve a big and (lets be honest) mysterious God.

        Good stuff to get the mind a'pondering. 🙂 And Rich Mullins *rocks*.

        • Yes, we do. We largely live lives of ease, and are quite put out when life goes off script.And you're quite right: God works in mysterious ways His wonders to perform. Rich Mullins was (and still is!) the man!

  • Good words, man. Relying on grace can be tough--when we fall into it is much better.

    • Thanks, Matt! Trying to fall on grace everyday.