It is that time of year again when many count their blessings. Although no words will adequately describe God’s goodness, the Psalms 103:1-22 gives us some idea. In this chapter, David shares some of the benefits of the Lord. He lists God’s forgiveness, salvation, mercy, healing, and describes his goodness without limits. In fact, the galaxies could not hold Christ’s lovingkindness nor contain it. Although everyone can point to negative moments in their lives, the blessings from Heaven overwhelmingly outweighs them all. What makes it even more special is there is not one person who can say he or she deserves it. The love of Jesus is so unfathomable and exceedingly vast that he gives us more than we deserve.
We can be even more thankful this year as we consider a thought from the blessings chapter in Psalms 103:10: “He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.” This is definitely an action that is out of this world. If we were honest, we could say this scripture is true for us all. We haven’t been punished, disciplined, nor received the full consequences of our negative choices. There could have been times that God decided to bring his judgment upon us. Or moments he desired to “teach us” a lesson. But instead, he pours his love and mercy upon us and gives plenty of chances to make things right. Yes, instead of giving us what we deserve, he chooses to bless us in incredible ways. Astronauts could search the whole universe and never find a match for this kind of grace.
Grace is also the true meaning of the cross. When we deserved death and an eternity in a devil’s hell, God gave us his son. It was Jesus that took the punishment for our sins and gave us all the opportunity to repent and receive the gift of eternal life. That is why Ephesians 2:8 records that it was by grace we were saved and is the gift of God. We could not earn it and never would be good enough to obtain it. All we can do is acknowledge we were sinners in need of a savior. When we get to that point, then we can ask Jesus for forgiveness, turn from our sinful ways, and receive the gift of his grace. It is God’s riches at Christ’s expense. Today, you cannot say that you’re too bad to be a Christian. Instead, you can get in line with the rest of us and receive the gift from heaven that will transform your life. Stop looking to this world to meet your needs. The cross will help you launch from your past and thrust you to a new abundant life. Thank God today that he will bless us beyond what we deserve.
Ralph & Elizabeth Pyszkowski, Your Brother & Sister In Christ. (All comments are welcomed at [email protected])