You’ve heard the words many times before.
But probably never thought about how much they applied to you.
But they do.
Why am I writing about Grace? Well, Grace gave me/us a new home after 2+ years of living in a cramped attic room where my husband had to stoop to move round it, it was that low. I know it was Grace because I dreamt it first, Grace was with me and she gave us a new home. Last week we moved in. I have never appreciated the grace of God as I do now and I have so much to be thankful for not least our new home.
Sometimes we use words as catch-phrases, like Grace. I’ve heard it said that Grace is unmerited favour, this stems from the prosperity Gospel. But Grace is much more than this as I am finding out. I loosely summarise Grace as the Benevolence of God towards us.
I want to use John 6 as the focus for this message. It recounts the story of Yahushua (Jesus) feeding the multitudes. It tells us that these people had followed Him from place to place because of the great miracles that He had wrought in their presence.
Jn 6:2 And a great multitude followed him, because they saw his miracles which he did on them that were diseased.
It so happened that after a while He saw their hunger and was filled with compassion to feed them (this is the crux of what I want to get to). The key point to note here is that although there was some food present it wasn’t enough to feed the multitude, in other words the bread was insufficient to fulfil their needs.
Jn 6:7, 9 Philip answered him, Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little… There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many?
So here we have a dilemma in human eyes.
Loads of hungry people + Not enough food = scarcity of provision (lack)
But even though the disciples scratched their head in confusion, the Gospel tells us that Yeshua (Jesus) already knew what He would do.
He gave thanks to God.
That’s all He did, and in trusting faithfulness distributed the bread and fish to all who were present.
The outcome? They filled up 12 baskets of fragments from the barley loaves which they had eaten. And so ends the story of that particular incident.
I listened to this message at church on Sunday and what came to me was this,
If it wasn’t for Yahushua’s compassion towards the multitude they would never have been fed, because His disciples were not in the same mind or heartset as Him to look for food to feed the multitude.
This is the Grace of YHWH God, to look at our needs and desires where others would turn a blind eye and know within Himself how He will satisfy our needs.
Secondly, we can see that although physically there was not enough bread to feed the people in the physical, with YHWH there was more than enough.
The scriptures tell us that in our weakness, even in our insufficiency that is when YHWH manifests His power, compassion and glory through the richness of His Grace. (2 Cor 12:9)
But I want to emphasise that His Grace isn’t just sufficient but it abounds, meaning that it manifests even more than what we need, just like in the miracle of the abounding loaves of Barley!
Sometimes we lose sight of just how much we who have come into union with Messiah have gained, we have been given access to the richness of YHWH’s Grace.
The same riches that exchanged 5 loaves of Barley for an unnumbered amount that not only filled the needs of those very hungry people gathered but also bore 12 baskets – probably used to feed many more hungry souls!
God’s Grace is not just sufficient, it is more than enough for any situation we find ourselves in.
So, how can we access this type of Grace in our everyday lives as Believers?
The scriptures show 3 things to me:
- Thankfulness and gratitude – Yahushua praised and gave His Father thanks knowing full well what He was able to do. Our situation might not look to good but we are asked to exercise thankfulness for what YHWH has done, will do and even that which He is doing but we cannot perceive in the physical. I know this is not always easy but we can practice a thankful heart more, it won’t hurt us.
- Believe – John 6:29 informs us that our only job as Believers is to believe on the One that was sent into the world – to believe in Him as the Bread of Life, the Bread that always abounds and fills us up to satisfaction. Yummy.
- Seek Fellowship and Intimacy – Hebrews 4:16 tells us that we can and should come boldly unto the Throne of Grace (abounding benevolence, mercy, compassion, love and blessings of YHWH God), that we may obtain mercy (when we pray to Him and ask Him for help) and find grace to help us during our times of need. God wants to help us, He asks us to come to Him with our heavy burdens and He will give us rest.
So, to end, I just want to round-up what I have touched upon – Praise YAH.
- Our God is compassionate, He sees our needs and His heart goes out to fulfil them.
- He is not a God of insufficiency, neither is He a God of sufficiency, He is a God of abounding and abundant Grace and He supplies all our needs according to His richness of Grace through His Son.
- We have access to this abundance of Grace. We are called to receive or access this Grace simply through believing that Grace can abound in our lives and holding on to this as Gospel truth.
Reflection: How has God shown His abounding grace in your life? Is there anything which blocks you from accepting His gift of Grace?
I would like to go into this is a bit more detail, by YAH’s good grace in my next post. Until then stay blessed and in the grace and peace of our Saviour, Yeshua HaMashiach.