EVERYTHING IS GRACE!
“But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him, and His righteousness to children’s children” (Psalm 103:17).
An old proverb in Tamil says that ‘the cot can be bought for a price but not the sleep.’ Even affluent men express their anguish and say “Sir, what is the use of amassing so much of money and properties? There is no peace for me. I do not get sleep in the nights and there is no one to love me truly. All those on whom I had laid my faith have betrayed me.”
With the money you have, you can eat and drink and get satisfied but is there rest for your soul? The Scripture says, “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?” (Mark 8:36).
But when you walk in the path of righteousness you will receive eternal life and through it an eternal joy. Christ handed over Himself on the cross for you to receive the eternal life.
Christ has promised you saying, “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in me” (John 14:1). “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27).
Look at Zacchaeus in the Scripture. There was nothing which he did not possess. He was a rich person. But as he knew that there is something special in Jesus Christ, he climbed up a tree to see Him. He did not secure a good name among the people as he had collected a high rate of taxes. Definitely, he would not have enjoyed peace and joy. Christ looked at Zacchaeus and said, “Zacchaeus, make haste and come down, for today I must stay at your house.” See, what a great grace it is! That day Salvation came to his home.
A man can earn money but it is Jesus Christ who provides the grace for the man to enjoy it. Ecclesiastes says, “As for every man to whom God has given riches and wealth and given him the power to eat of it, to receive his heritage and rejoice in his labour—this is the gift of God” (Ecclesiastes 5:19).
The gold and other valuables cannot keep you happy in this world. But the divine grace helps you in inheriting the blessings of the world, to enjoy them and to receive the heavenly blessings. “…being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus” (Romans 3:24) The divine grace is all and in all.
To meditate: “My elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands” (Isaiah 65:22).