Space for Grace: Devotional

DEVOTIONS FOR SEPTEMBER 21–27

Date

What Space for Grace Means to Me

Reflection

Scripture

Monday, September 21

Delighting in the Lord

Sometimes I feel that if the Lord would only call me to some great act of service or sacrifice, I would gladly follow him, suddenly and miraculously transformed with newfound faith and obedience. But how can he call me to great acts of faith, if I am not even obedient to the countless small ways he calls me each day to be his disciple? And still the greater problem is not that we won’t heed his call, but that, rather than simply relying on him, we allow our human preferences, understanding, and analyses to cast doubt on his faithfulness.

—contributed by Doug Chin

Matthew 14:28–30
28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” 29 “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”

Tuesday, September 22

Faith or Reason

Abraham was asked to sacrifice his one and only son. Peter was asked to walk on the water. The disciples were asked to feed the 5 thousand with two fishes and five loaves of bread.

A life of faith does not agree with common sense. The men and women of faith obeyed not out of human reason or common sense. They believed because they know who they believed in and that is enough.

God always put us in a position where we have to exercise greater faith than ever before. He requires complete trust on His character. What is He asking you to do?

—contributed by Eunice Cruz

Hebrews 11:1 NIV
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.

Wednesday, September 23

Grace Upon Grace as Love

Every day, God our Father loves us and blesses us. The world needs to know more of this great love! What a gift we Christians have to share with those that don't know him. Let's pray for more opportunities and spaces for grace...that the world will know us—and through us—know God.

—contributed anonymously

1 John 3:1
See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.

Thursday, September 24

Moments with God

Giving of myself in time has been my gift to our congregation, in worship, prayer, teaching. Finding a shared grace with each one I encounter. Here is one stanza of a poem I wrote. “Sipping tea with Jesus is better yet, sipping tea while pouring out my heart brings relief to my soul, sipping tea with Jesus brings peace to my soul, Sipping tea with Jesus brings joy to my heart and takes me through the day.” The verse from Ezra 9:8 in the King James Version is the only verse I found that mentions space and grace together. Our space with God moves us to grace.

—contributed by Ann M. Moore

Ezra 9:8 KJV
And now for a little space grace hath been shewed from the Lord our God, to leave us a remnant to escape, and give to us a nail in his holy place, that our God may lighten our eyes, and give us a little reviving in our bondage.

Friday,
September 25

God Knows When

The past three years I have been inviting a relative of ours to come to the First Pres Vacation Bible School. She doesn't go to church and has come each year and loved it. I pray each year that God will touch her heart and she will want to learn more about him. This year she came and had a great week. On Friday night, after the last day of Vacation Bible School her mom found her in her room reading a free bible she received. Her mom asked “what are you doing?” She was so excited and replied “Mommy I am reading the Bible. Can I get one like we read in Vacation Bible School?” So her mom contacted me to ask to get an Adventure Bible. God knows when to reach out to each of us.

—contributed by Sue Yajko

Hebrews 12:15 NIV
See to it that no one misses the grace of God.

Saturday, September 26

“Oil of Gladness” to Dispense God's Grace

I have a small bottle of anointing oil, “Oil of Gladness.” It has a pleasant scent of frankincense and myrrh. I take it with me when I visit someone who is sick or in the hospital. Dispensing this oil is dispensing God’s grace—even in the midst of serious illness or chronic pain. Joy and gladness are not dictated by circumstances but come from a deep trust in God and his promises and from knowing that his love will never fail. That gladness is a gift we bring to God when we worship and it is expressed in serving and giving our gifts to God.

—contributed by Delianne Koops

Psalm 100:2 NIV
Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.

Sunday, September 27

Cords of Human Kindness

Last week I needed help. And someone helped me with my project…at the last minute…at no cost…and no strings attached. It was God showing up, an unexpected gift, a great kindness, a blessing tangibly felt. This person reminded me that our God of grace is kind, loves us when we need help, and cares for us to provide for us. I’m so thankful. It makes me want to look for ways to return the favor to others.

—contributed anonymously

Hosea 11:4
I led them with cords of human kindness, with bands of love. I was to them like those who lift infants to their cheeks. I bent down to them and fed them.

Proverbs 21:21
Whoever pursues righteousness and kindness will find life and honor.

 

Thank you for your prayers this week!

Look for more weekly devotions throughout the Space for Grace campaign, leading up to Commitment Sunday on October 11.