When Grace Speaks (II Samuel 19, II Corinthians 12)

“Shall anyone be put to death in Israel this day? For do I not know that I am this day king over Israel?”  II Samuel 19:22

“So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited,”  II Corinthians 12:7

I honestly can say, “I read his story with amazement.”  Here was a guy who had been wrongly abused in many ways, but when it was his turn to get even, he chose the path of grace.  This brothers and sisters is not the norm in our world.

The norm is the mentality that I have been reading about in the life of Eli Weisel who wrote the book, “The Night.”  Eli was one of hundreds of thousands of Jews who were sent to concentration camps in WWII.  As you read his book and subsequent books, “The Dawn and The Day,” you discover a man who depicts all who miss grace.

However, if you read II Samuel 19 you will be refreshed by a guy who allows grace to govern his choices.  The guy in whose story I read with amazement is non other than David.

Chapter 19 begins with David in emotional meltdown.  His days of running are over, but it is at a great cost.  His son is dead along with many in Israel.  Thankfully the words of David’s advisor (19:1-7) get through to David.  He assumes his position as King.

Now is where we see grace speaking.  David has the opportunity to get even with those who wronged him as he was forced to flee.  But instead, grace speaks:

1.  Those who are given grace will give grace

David has been restored to the throne.  How could he do anything else than to give what he has been given?

2.  Those who are given grace will celebrate grace

Not only has David been given grace, but so has Saul’s son Mephibosheth. On this day, he is thankful for all he has been given.  No matter what happens, he has been blessed.

Think it through:

1.  What are you facing today?  Spend some time celebrating the grace you have been given.  This will help you gain courage as you face the trials of each day.

2.  Who needs grace in your path today?  Brothers and sisters, God has extended great grace in your life.  Should you do anything less than share this with others.

Work it out:

Take some time to think about all the imperfections that occupy parts of your daily life.  Paul labels these as, “thorns in the flesh.”  Take some time to think about how God works in your life even though the imperfections are there.  Our imperfections magnify the grace of God.  I challenge you to allow God’s grace to be magnified in others lives as well.

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