Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Balm of Grace

The Balm of Grace

He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all – how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” (Romans 8:32 NIV).

“If this is for you, get up and run!” the preacher said. My son remained in his seat in spite of the invitation for healing that was extended to him.

The preacher sensed someone had a cyst on a wrist or hand that the Lord wanted to heal, and if that person wanted healing to get up and run for it. My teen sat planted in his chair looking despondently at the unsightly ganglion cyst that had grown rapidly to the size of a walnut over the past few months. Surgery was in fact scheduled to remove it.

“I guess God didn’t choose to heal me,” Mike said later.
“You didn’t run,” I replied.

Fast forward three days. Mike is at camp playing a game of capture the flag. He began running to tag someone when he felt a sharp pain in his hand. He stopped suddenly when he looked at his hand and realized the cyst was completely gone.

Healed when running as was offered to him a few days before.

God’s grace applied to the body of a teenage boy struggling to make sense of his faith.

We so often talk about the grace in God’s salvation – and that is huge. However, Romans 8:32 says, “He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all – how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” (NIV). I believe God wants to show Himself – desperately to desperate people. He takes His amazing grace and applies it to our healing, to our finances, to our relationships so that we will know we live by grace, even as we are saved by grace.

We all need God’s balm of grace applied to our lives. What area could you most use His grace applied to today? Ask Him to touch a specific area with His grace and look expectantly for Him to apply His amazing grace.

Father God, You are amazing and generous with Your grace. Thank You for giving to us extravagantly. Thank You for showing Yourself intimately involved in our lives. Please touch the areas of the hurting people reading this so they too may experience the balm of Your grace. Amen.


At 6:50 AM, Blogger melanie said...

Wow! Thanks for sharing this amazing story! It makes me think how sometimes i just pray because that's what i do but i'm forgetting that God's power is invited into a situation with those prayers. wowowow!
I'll see Jeff and his family next week. Can't wait especially to see the baby. Scott had a business trip and got to stay with them last night. blessings - melanie


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