I grew up in church. As the son of a minister, I have spent virtually every Sunday of my life attending a church service of some kind. Even when I go on vacation I try to find a local assembly where I can gather with other believers and join in the corporate worship of God our Heavenly Father and our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
It may sound odd, but I have always felt at home in the church. I have always found peace and comfort in the church. I know that there are some aspects of the church that we would all change. Things that we wish may be done a different way, but in the end, the Church is the plan God established and that Jesus commissioned for the work of taking the Gospel to the ends of the earth.
As I have gotten older, I find myself thinking about a comment my father made several years ago. He said, “The greatest evidence for the existence of God is the existence of the Church. Only God could sustain the Church throughout the centuries when you considered the kind of people that make it up.” He is right. The Church may have its problems, but the Church is not the problem!
The Grace that God gives to the world in a common way, or to his redeemed people in a special way, gives me comfort when the circumstances of life are not unfolding as I would like. God’s grace is a balm for the many hurts we experience at the hands of our neighbors. Even if that neighbor is a family member.
When we wake up each morning and we open our eyes, we have to choose to remember that we have been forgiven. We have to choose to take hold of the promise that God is faithful to his word. God will not fail to complete that which he has started. This is grace. Leaning into the truth of God’s grace brings comfort. Remembering that God’s word will not return void and that it is effective to accomplish what he has purposed is how we hold on while we press on.
Remember to remember that God’s grace is a comfort as we march toward Resurrection Sunday!