Thursday, September 5, 2002 5:00 a.m.
Rocks in the river causes the water to flow faster over and around them, just as God’s grace flows more abundant over and around us during times of trouble. God’s grace surrounds us, flows over us, and fills us. As water continually flows over and around obstacles, so is God’s grace a perpetual flow, never ending, ever filling, continually covering every heartache and pain and obstacle that hinders our way. While standing on a river bank Amy Carmichael observed the waters flow. She compared the waters flow to God’s grace. She explained it this way. “God’s grace is as willing to fill us as water is willing to fill every bend in the river. Is it the same river? Yes. But is it the same water? No. The water that passed by us a second ago now fills another section of the river. New water has replaced it; water for water.” As water takes the place of water, God’s grace takes the place of God’s grace. “And of his fullness have all we received, and grace for grace” (John 1:16). God’s grace is inexhaustible, filling our every need. We never know why hard and painful times are allowed to come, but we can know this: “The Lord is good, and he knoweth those that trust in him” (Nahum 1:7). As a river flows, so does God’s grace flow ever more abundantly.
Thought for Today: “Grace takes the place of grace, love the place of love; ever new, ever old, ever the same, ever fresh, hour by hour, year by year, through Christ” (Amy Carmichael).