“We drink from the Niagara Falls of grace!”, said our pastor a few weeks ago.
If you have been to Niagara Falls, you know the feeling of its power! When I was there years ago, it almost made me feel like I could be pulled into it! Imagine trying to get a drink of it into a cup or into your mouth as at a drinking fountain. It would be impossible, it would be fatal.
By the means of our individual faith in Jesus Christ as our savior, God has rendered upon us the verdict of “not guilty”. He has declared that we are righteous, no longer in jeopardy of His condemnation because His Son took that in our place. Because the issue of sin has been dealt with (to God’s satisfaction) in judgment by the death of Jesus Christ on the cross, God is free to lavish His blessing upon us. He now makes each of us who believe in Jesus Christ, stand before Him in joyful confidence right smack in the powerful flowing force of His loving kindness! Substitute the mental picture of the water of Niagara Falls with a picture of God’s grace as the waterfall. Imagine being surrounded by it, engulfed in it, submerged in its infinite depths; always and forevermore caressed, cared for and blessed by the immensity of His favor upon you as an individual person!
This kindness of God is called grace and it is defined as the “absolute freeness of the loving-kindness of God to men, finding its only motive in the bounty and freeheartedness of the Giver; unearned and unmerited favor”.
Heb 4: 16 “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”
I am so grateful for, and so in need of, the grace of God which He lavishes upon me at all times! But sometimes I feel my need more desperately than at other times. These acute personal “times of need” are times when I am physically weak or ill; when I am facing a pressure situation or a circumstance that is confusing or which cannot be changed; when I am grieving, fearful, worried and so on.
This verse encourages us to approach God with all the “stuff” that our lives are made up of. The compassion of His heart toward us is called mercy and is defined as, “a special and immediate regard to the misery which is the consequence of sins…extended for the alleviation of (those) consequences”. He wants us to run to Him, dump our concerns in His lap, and feel the gushing of His powerful grace!
Thinking of the waterfall as the immense never ending supply of God’s grace, we can bring to mind again that His grace is always more than we can possibly make use of! A moment can be taken at any time and in any situation to ponder the provision, power and scope of it; and to “drink in” it’s adequacy for our constant times of need. Its the best drink of all!!