Give me my scallop-shell of quiet,
My staff of faith to walk upon,
My script of joy, immortal diet,
y bottle of salvation.
My gown of glory, hopes true gauge,
And thus I'll take my pilgrimage.

~Sir Walter Raleigh

A hiker, walking for pleasure, likes to choose between several alluring trails.
The pilgrim desires only the road that leads home.

~Frank W. Boreham

Sunday, March 17, 2013

"No Peradventure in Thy Grace"

Isn't that an amazing thought?  No chance, no uncertainty concerning the Grace of God to us, to me?

The Lenten scripture for this day includes that incomprehensible statement of our Lord where He proclaims He is I AM.

This, the declaration given of old to the patriarchs:  I AM, the Self-Existent One "I get life from nothing for I Am Life and give life to all things".

New hope and new duty to mankind is opened up in this the fact that God has spoken to man.  He, the I AM who stooped from the throne of Heaven, again and again through the centuries to say I AM your God.

And again, when even that did not set sinful man to the right,  stooped once again from the Throne to perform that infinite deed of love - was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of a woman, "very God of very God begotten"- lived and then died in the form of mortal man on the cross. 

The I AM .. the Cross .. my debt of sin .. paid in full .. Grace abounding ever and always .. in and around.

No, there is indeed 'no peradventure in Thy Grace'.

"Grace that is greater yes, Grace untold,
Points to the Refuge, the mighty cross...
Grace that is greater than all our sin."

Praise Him!

Title phrase taken from Puritan Prayers:The Valley of Vision, 
Arthur Bennett, ed.
Hymn fragment: Marvelous Grace of Our Loving Lord, Julia H. Johnson

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