Tuesday: July 21, 2020
Psalm 85:17 I will hear what God the LORD will speak: for he will speak peace to his people, and to his saints: but let them not turn again to folly.
There is a presentation of two things in this text: peace spoken by God to his people and the role that needs to be played by those people to whom the peace has been spoken. In other words, we see a two fold dimension of grace – one dimension of the work of God without human involvement and another where man actively participates in the process because as the text reads ” it is the people who must not return to their folly”
Our Christian walk has a dimension we have no involvement in as well as another where our participation is necessary. The passion of Christ, his journey to the cross as a substitution for us did not require our involvement, but to become participants in this mystery, we ought to personally make a confession. Herein lies the mystery: regardless of the depth or breath of a divine mystery, the Christian has to engage it for it to work. That is our participation.
Sweetheart, there is grace, but that grace does not eliminate the place of discipline and conscious participation. Nothing just happens- businesses don’t just flourish, minds don’t just gain knowledge, spiritual growth is not an automatic process – these outcomes come by actively engaging the principles and mysteries of the word of God which make provision for their guarantee.
Let us not become people who sit idly by waiting for grace to just find us and propel us forward.
The truth is regardless of the dimension of grace that finds you: whether the grace for speed, for prayer or for expansion, discipline on your part will be required to sustain that grace which arrives.