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Topic: WAIT (08/30/18)
TITLE: Carve out a Space for Grace
By Nancy Bucca
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If we’ll carve out a space for grace,
Not caving in to doubts or fears
But heeding truths from ancient years.
Remember him who said to Saul,
“Don’t go to war until I call.
If you would win the victory,
Then wait on me. That is the key.
And so, like any humble man,
King Saul obeyed God’s mighty plan -
Until his men began to flee.
Then he forsook wise strategy.
Pride drove him to a narrow place
Of unbelief, devoid of grace.
The prophet warned, “You must stay strong.”
But he could only wait so long.
Impatience ordered, “Do it now!”
“Lean on the sweat of your own brow.”
“One week has passed. The deadline nears.
It’s time you listened to your fears.”
Such thoughts left zero space for grace
But forced this leader to embrace
A teeny tiny living space,
Devoid of mercy; huge rat race.
That’s why, against all sound advice,
King Saul approached the sacrifice
Without the necessary awe
Prescribed by God’s most holy law.
‘Twas Samuel’s job to offer it,
But King Saul did as he saw fit.
By acting wholly on his own,
He set a course that doomed his throne.
The call to battle, bold and clear,
Did not ring true inside his ear.
He simply heard the noise and ran
But in so doing missed God's plan.
(I Samuel 13:13)
On the cross, Jesus declared, “It is finished.” (John 19:30, KJV) The sacrifice was complete. Most believers would probably agree that no one can add to or take away from it. The punishment Jesus took on himself is all we need in order to be right with God and escape His wrath. Now we must hurry up and complete the great commission as outlined in Matthew 28:18-20, right?
Before ascending to heaven, Jesus told his disciples not to leave Jerusalem but to wait for the Father’s promise: the baptism in the Holy Spirit, which would empower them to be His witnesses throughout the entire world. (see Acts 1:8)
But how many were willing to wait?
And how many of us are willing to wait on God? How do we treat the precious sacrifice He made for us? Do we get impatient like King Saul and take matters into our own hands?
Or are we willing to carve out a space for grace?
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