Grace

Or do you suppose it is to no purpose that the Scripture says, “He yearns jealously over the spirit that he has made to dwell in us”? But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” James 4:5-6

From the belly of the fish, Jonah cries that “those who cling to worthless idols forfeit the grace that could be theirs” (John 2:8 NIV). What is the significance of grace in your life? How important is it for you to know and take hold of the grace that God is making available to you? James has been clear that we run to our own selfish passions and fight hard to have them come to reality. He has shown that to pursue those passions is to pursue other lovers. It rejects the love of God and turns from his love. There is no hope for us if we are in this situation unless God gives grace. Unless God gives us something we do not deserve we will run from him—even if we have given our life to him! We will not stay with him apart from doing so within his grace. James makes a significant statement. Not only does God give grace, he gives more grace. But notice to whom the grace is given—the humble. We must come to the Lord in broken admission that we need his grace for every moment of the day. If we are to be living out the new life in Christ, we must acknowledge our total dependence upon his strength to work with ours to do so. We labor with his strength in his grace. God is longing for us to grab on to the grace he showers upon us. Are you grasping that grace or are you forfeiting your right to it by taking hold of false gods?