He giveth more grace as our burdens grow greater,
He sendeth more strength as our labors increase;
To added afflictions He addeth His mercy,
To multiplied trials He multiplies peace.
When we have exhausted our store of endurance,
When our strength has failed ere the day is half done,
When we reach the end of our hoarded resources
Our Father’s full giving is only begun.
Fear not that thy need shall exceed His provision,
Our God ever yearns His resources to share;
Lean hard on the arm everlasting, availing;
The Father both thee and thy load will upbear.
His love has no limits, His grace has no measure,
His power no boundary known unto men;
For out of His infinite riches in Jesus
He giveth, and giveth, and giveth again.
– Annie J. Flint (1866-1932)
Life is hard. But God’s grace is so rich, so deep, so redeeming and freeing. He knows the plans that He has written for us. He has every one of our days numbered, and each of our steps established. And he pours out grace as and when we need it.
We have all experienced the dichotomy and reality of seasons of trial versus seasons of peace. We long for peace and comfort, and that is a godly yearning which will ultimately be fulfilled in eternity. But when we walk in peace and comfort here on the Earth, without the physical presence of God amongst us, we get comfortable. Our prayer lives shrink back. We forget our desperate Spiritual state and live to please our physical bodies. But when trials come, when life falls apart, when the bottom drops out we run back into the arms of our Savior who gives us the strength and mercy to go on. He leads us through the Valley of the Shadow of Death, He directs our faith and hearts to eternal glory and we grow. Spiritually we grow. And we fall more deeply in love with Him.
No one enjoys trials. But if we look at our Spiritual walks objectively, we will all note that we were closest to God and grew the most in the midst of dark times. And that is because:
“But He gives a greater grace. Therefore it says, ‘God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble’.”
– James 4.6
He gives a greater grace. He meets us in our times of need. He provides the strength. He loves us. Rest in His grace and mercy today.