So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts to follow their own devices. Psalm 81:12 NIV
It worries me to think that God gives me over to follow my own devices. You see, because of my sinful nature, I know I’m capable of some pretty stupid things. I can be stubborn at times, ignoring God’s guidance and instead doing what I impulsively want to do. Thankfully, God is full of grace and never pulls away for long.
The Grace of Jesus Never Runs Out
I know that – left to my own devices – I would have ruined my marriage, career, family and reputation. Oh, I like to think I’m a pretty good guy, but the truth is if I didn’t know Jesus, I would likely be off doing some pretty ridiculous stuff. And I’m sure that by now, if nothing else, my pride alone would have caused some serious havoc in my life.
Thankfully, I do know Jesus and by His grace (undeserved favor), my life is very good. I’m blessed. But, I want to acknowledge that it is only by His mercy because I’ve made plenty of mistakes along the way. But, He’s always there helping me navigate the aftermath and pouring out His grace on me. Plus, I’m convinced that through His Holy Spirit, He has kept me from doing a lot of other things that would have led to some tough consequences.
And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 1 Peter 5:10 NIV
I can relate to the verse above. Yes, I’ve paid for some of my mistakes, but Jesus always gently restores me after I’ve suffered for a little while. In the end, He sets me back on my feet and gives me another chance.
Jesus Will Restore All Who Call on Him
The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. Psalm 145:18 ESV
If you feel distant from God, then call on Him and He will draw near. If you’ve been making some bad choices, then rest assured that He has plenty of grace that He’s just waiting to pour out on you. He will restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast again. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be upon you!