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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Amazing Grace
by Pastor B.J. Knefley

“Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound, That saved a wretch like me....I once was lost but now am found, Was blind, but now, I see.”

Amazing Grace is a hymn written by John Newton who wrote the words out of his personal experiences. Although brought up to follow after God, he lived a life which was contrary to everything he was taught. In fact he had become quite a vile person and even denounced God and everything he had ever been taught about Him. During a terrible storm at sea God began to work upon his heart. As he started to come to the end of himself, he contemplated the grace of God. He wondered if he was even worthy of His mercy. The rest of the story is history, as from that experience Amazing Grace was birthed.

When a person comes to the end of themselves, there is nothing left, no where else to go. It is often from that place that the person is in the best position to hear God. Pride keeps us from going there. Self-preservation doesn’t want anyone else on the throne of our lives. To let go of control has been described by some as similar to Humpty Dumpty in that if they let go of control they’d fall of the wall and never be put back together again. Fear of venturing into the unknown, they stay in what they know. But as John Newton realized the grace of God is all forgiving and free. Not only is it free but it’s also transforming.

There’s an old song that talks about doing things our way. John Newton found that his way wasn’t working. In fact instead of having a fulfilled life, in the quiet moments of his soul, he admitted that he was miserable. Life is like that. We can put on a good front and fool a lot of people, but in the quiet moments of our soul, it can be quite a different story. The problem is, we don’t want to go there. In that quiet place in our soul, we don’t want to hear the truth. Maybe we’re just not ready to hear it. Many just don’t want to go there. Do you? Think about it.

1 comment :

Tom Maynard said...

And it has been so Amazing, how many times and all over the social media network, local and national news, even the President of United States, singing this at a funeral; that this song has been song, just lately. Praise God and thank you Jesus.