There is a beautiful song by Christy Nockels, Wonderful Name, through which I have cried out to God many times over the years ....
"There is healing for all who ache
There is comfort for all in pain
There is freedom
There is grace
Here in Jesus and the power of His name
All who are broken, His love endures
All who are weary, His rest is yours
All who are hopeless, run to His name
He is Jesus
You will never be the same"
How true those words are. Once again this week I am in awe of Jesus, the power of His name and His love for us. Please be encouraged, if your family seems like it is broken beyond repair, it is not. It is just in the process of receiving the love and reconciliation that Jesus freely offers each of us.
For it was only through this wonderful grace that we believed in him. Nothing we did could ever earn his salvation, for it was the gracious gift from God that brought us to Christ! Ephesians 2:8 TPT
But we have to be prepared to hang in there for the long haul. Choosing in every frustration, disappointment and seemingly backward step, to trust that God is good and He does have a plan. And know that He is drawing us closer to Him and maturing us in the process.
But that's not all! Even in times of trouble we have a joyful confidence, knowing that our pressures will develop in us patient endurance. And patient endurance will refine our character, and proven character leads us back to hope. And this hope is not a disappointing fantasy, because we can now experience the endless love of God cascading into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who lives in us! Romans 5:3-5 TPT
From what I have observed over the past 8 years, the outworking of His grace is so absolutely unique to each of us. He completely understands what each of us needs and when we need it.
Lord, you know everything there is to know about me. You perceive every moment of my heart and soul, and you understand my every thought before it even enters my mind. You are so intimately aware of me, Lord. You read my heart like an open book and you know all the words I'm about to speak before I even start a sentence! You know every step I will take before my journey even begins. You've gone into my future to prepare the way, and in kindness you follow behind me to spare me from the harm of my past. With your hand of love upon my life, you impart a blessing to me. Psalm 139:1-5 TPT
While Jesus' grace is the same for each of us, the way that Jesus gives it to us in our every day lives is a beautifully individualised gift.
Think back to yesterday, how did Jesus show you His love - in a way that only you needed?
And then think about all the people you know, and how He is doing the same for them, even if they don't recognise it yet.
Now, think about all those people you don't know - the other 7.53 billion or so, on this planet, and how Jesus is doing the same for them too. I don't know about you, but for me it is simply a mystery as to how He knows and loves each of us so well. I have difficulty with understanding the needs of just four children!
But I do know that His grace is simply amazing ...
This is just too wonderful, deep, and incomprehensible! Your understanding of me brings me wonder and strength. Psalm 139:6 TPT
It is that wonder and strength that enables us to keep pressing in to God despite what is happening in our lives. His love for us. The truth is that He loved us first and His love endures. Let's choose to stick with Him and be expectant for what He is going to do in and through our lives.
Give thanks to the only miracle working God! His tender love for us continues on forever! Psalm 136:4 TPT
To find out more please visit wendyrobinson.com.au