Grace By Which We Stand

Michael Beck

“By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also … (Romans 5:2,3)

When it comes to what we can’t stand; who we can’t stand; and where we can’t stand, do we believe that God’s grace is sufficient for us? The power of Christ rests upon the weak, not the strong. When we see no way of escape from a situation beyond our ability to bear, do we believe that God has a way of escape that will enable us to endure it?

Sore trials tempt us to throw in the towel. We reach a point where we tell ourselves: “I can’t take this anymore.” We have now positioned ourselves to plot an escape that is not of God. Instead of living in the truth: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me;” we succumb to the “truth” of our situation.

Yes, troubles can press us sore; they can be relentless; they can wear us out, and have us contemplating an exit from our pain; but if we have access to the grace of Christ, we have God’s holy word that we CAN stand. When we stand, we don’t fall. We don’t end up finding our own solutions. Desperation does not guide us down a foolish and ungodly path.

It is foolhardy to fail of the grace of God when He has given us such access into His grace. The enemy of our souls would point us to ourselves, and our situation that shows no sign of change; but the Holy Spirit would lead us to the Rock that is higher and stronger than we are. On Christ the solid Rock there is always a place to stand and rejoice in hope!

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.