• By Rev. Joseph A. Bias

God Sized Grace, God Sized Commitment


As far as East is from West

Never leave you or forsake you

“As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.” Psalm 103:12

“Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5

God Sized Grace

You can’t get further away than east is from west. There is an infinite, never to converge line that renders anything so far away that it virtually does not exist. God’s extravagant grace and forgiveness is defined by this infinite measure. As far as sin can be driven away grace pursues it to overtake it and never allow it to be established anywhere again, ever.

This is the same way God wants us to be forgiving, wherein we cast the offence so far from us that we can never find it, and if it could ever be reclaimed grace would overwhelming remove it so far from us that any affect it might have had in our lives or against the one who offended us, would be as nothing.

To live in this attitude of forgiveness and forgetting, this attitude of love, mercy and grace is to be like God in the extravagance of loving as we are loved, of forgiving as we have been forgiven, of giving as we have received. East from west is how we are forgiven, East to west is how greatly we are blessed.

Because God has given us all things to enjoy there is no reason to be envious, jealous or covetous of anything others may have. We can live without envy because our Father owns it all. So, we are content to do honest work to acquire what we can peacefully manage and enjoy and be satisfied. Our satisfaction is the result of knowing that in whatever state we find ourselves at any time we are in God and He is with us. And with that understanding we can believe Him for all that we need and more than enough.

God Sized Commitment

He will never leave us or forsake us. Where He is there also is His glory, the fullness of all His resources of majesty, wisdom, strength, wealth and life-sustaining provisions. He wants us to freely enjoy all things. God is not two-faced. He does not say one thing and do another, nor does He bait and switch on us as men do.

It is clear God does not want His kids living in poverty, lack or want. He has given us an inner desire for beauty and what is excellent. He has shown us a measure of His vast resources of wealth in the earth. All of it is His and He wants us, His children, to enjoy it with Him.

“The silver is Mine, and the gold is Mine,’ says the Lord of hosts.” Haggai 2:8

“All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you.” John 16:15

A message of poverty, lack and want as virtues would not be Good News to the poor. Jesus preached Good News to the poor that their condition of poverty was not God’s purpose for them but that through Him they would be more than abundantly supplied. Their sickness would be taken away and their bodies would be healed, the dumb would speak the deaf would hear and blind eyes would receive sight. The Good News wasn’t contentment in their poverty, but the knowledge of a pathway out of it.

“You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” Psalm 16:11

I can’t tell you how God will supply your need, but I can confidently say that He will. I can’t tell you how God will bless you exceeding abundantly above all that you could ask or think, but I can confidently say that He will.

He is always with us, in good times, in bad times, in abundance and in need. And His presence changes everything for the good. In this we can always be confident and find peace. God is worthy of our trust. If He said He will do it, He will. And He will do it for you.

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