Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Grace for the Moment by Jeffery Scott Wallace


5 of 5 stars  *****

There are many examples of God's benevolence when He sheds His grace on mankind. His blessings are not what many expect, however. The reason so many lose their faith in God rests in their blindness to these moments when God hones His children. The trouble may be that their own thoughts about their well being does not align with God's plan. In fact, many blessings are curses to an individual who refuses to have faith in God. Adults fail to listen to their inner wisdom and stop praying, altogether, when they fail to see God's grace in any circumstance that is uncomfortable.

Grace for the Moment opens one's eyes to the reasoning behind the circumstance. The goal of hardships is to bring one closer to God using Jesus Christ as the One to imitate. Jesus Christ is God, Himself, demonstrably showing mankind what it should strive to be. Knowing mankind, God blesses everyone with His grace when they work toward this goal because mankind is not perfect. Perseverance is an easier task for the ones who have faith as they have His Holy Spirit within them producing its fruit of Joy. 

Without God in one's life, strife may accompany that life even though turmoil is overcome. This leads to a sense of pride and self-accomplishment. It is written that such people do not receive God's grace until they humble themselves: "God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble."..."Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you." - James 4:6, 10, NRSV

Grace for the Moment reminds the reader that the purpose of mankind is to worship God by being the image of Christ in word, work, worship, and play.