Grace for New Beginnings
January and September are months of new beginnings. Obviously on January 1 we mark the start of a new year with new or renewed commitments. For many of us September has a similar feel. A new fiscal year for some, a new school year for many. How well I fondly remember as a child shopping for a new lunch box, pencil case and new shoes for the beginning of school.
Whether you teach, are a student, or a mom bracing for the juggling of extra-curricular activities where do you find your peace as you prepare for the pressures of the new school year? Is your workplace making changes that affect you? Are you feeling the pinch from having a new budget to work within? Or does September begin the 120 day countdown to holiday deadlines and demands?
There is grace for all this and more. Grace is God’s kindness, favor and blessing that we do not deserve. In fact, in light of our sin against a holy God, we deserve the opposite of blessing. We deserve God’s wrath and judgment. BUT GOD shows his love to us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us (Romans 5:8). Jesus took our record of sin upon himself and gave to us his record of righteousness. AMAZING GRACE!!
If Christ did that for us, how will he not also with him freely give us all things that we need? Romans 8:32) To help explain this wonderful truth Tim has used this illustration: suppose a mom spends hours shopping online for the best outfits, backpack, laptop, and phone for their child to prepare them for the school year, but denies the child’s request for a new No.2 pencil. We would think this is crazy!! How could a mom spend all that time, labor and love to provide so much for a child but not have anything left for a pencil?
So it is with our Father in heaven. Through Christ we have been given all things that pertain to life and godliness. (2 Peter 1:3) Then, let us come boldly to the Throne of Grace that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:16).
This includes our need for responding to the September morning alarm clock, the hectic schedules, the patience to drive to work behind a school bus with its frequent stops, the school work and workplace challenges, budget constraints, the upcoming holiday angst. God has mercy and grace for it all.
We don’t deserve it but it is there for us. Let us go to our Father and ask him for all that concerns us today and everyday.