“Take a good, hard look at your life.
Think it over.
You have spent a lot of money,
but you haven’t much to show for it.
You keep filling your plates,
but you never get filled up.
You keep drinking and drinking and drinking,
but you’re always thirsty.
You put on layer after layer of clothes,
but you can’t get warm.
And the people who work for you,
what are they getting out of it?
a leaky, rusted-out bucket, that’s what.
(Haggai 1:5-6, MSG)
No matter how hard we try, we can’t make it on ourselves. We need divine help to live well. We need to learn to live with grace.
Kurt Bubna writes in his new book in Epic Grace, Chronicles of a Recovering Idiot “I’m afraid too many of us try to live above our means and above our true needs. We tend to trust in almighty plastic rather than in almighty God.”
Ouch, so true.Even if we are not fiscally irresponsible, we base our security in money rather than God. And then we wonder why things aren’t going so well.
It’s time to take a good look at our lives. Learning to live with grace means we learn to give to God also our fiscal failures or stinginess. We don’t need to hide anything from God, he already knows everything about our financial situation (or any other area of life that is lacking good management.) Epic grace applies in this area of life, too. Grace is valid for all kinds of failures, not just for spiritual ones.
If you don’t have all the wisdom needed for this journey, then all you have to do is ask God for it; and God will grant all that you need. He gives lavishly and never scolds you for asking. (James 1:5, VOICE)
We can learn grace-based fiscal responsibility or whatever we need for balanced life. We aren’t our own solutions, but God is. That’s what living with grace is: leaning on God. He is ready to help us, we just need to ask. God is ready to pour out grace upon grace according to our needs and as much as needed.
“God is pretty smart”, Kurt writes “It surprises me how much he knows about life and money. I have it on good authority and personal experience that God loves to come to our rescue with his safety net of epic grace”.
There you have it. Now ask for help. Epic grace is on its way to you.
We come to you broken and
open our hearts, minds, and purses to you.
We need your help.
Show us how to be wise managers of time,
money, talents, life.
May your will happen in every area of our lives.
In Jesus’ name,
Q4U: Is it difficult for you to allow God into all areas of your life? What does help you in the process?
Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you learn to live with grace!
This post is part of #EpicGraceWednesdays. I am blogging through Kurt Bubna’s Epic Grace. Join me every Wednesday!
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