His relentless grace will carry us through (Psalm 142, part 4)

Psalm 142

Look on my right hand and see, for there is no one who acknowledges me; refuge has failed me; no one cares for my soul.” (Psalm 142:4)

That night, I came to the Lord, confessing that I had almost stopped believing in His miracles. These words of cautious confession lifted up, ended up shattering my heart with the pieces of darkness cutting through my soul — because it felt more like confessing I had almost stopped believing in Him.

Just because I did not see His miracles in my life right now, I started thinking I never would. Just because I did not feel His touch over the matter, I thought I never would. And in all that forgetting, I started giving away pieces of my hope.

Is that not the thing with us these days? We forget. The Lord shows up in mighty ways, as He always has in our walk with Him — but we forget.

Nevertheless I am continually with You; You hold me by my right hand. But it is good for me to draw near to God; I have put my trust in the Lord God, that I may declare all Your works.” (Psalm 73:23,28)

We forget how the Lord carried us through when we were struggling with our finances. We forget how the Lord carried us through in restoring that broken relationship. We forget how the Lord carried us through that season of darkness and depression. We forget how the Lord carried us through the loss of a loved one, through the physical illness, through the broken dreams and shattered heart.

We forget how He has always sought us out in His mercy. No fall, no failure can tear us away from His great love. No weakness of ours, weakens His unceasing grace. Listen — the sound of the Lord is redemption in the midst of our rebellion. The sound of His love is forgiveness, and His mercy covering us anew every morning. Even now, we can hear His voice gently touching our heart, giving us beauty for ashes.

I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” (Psalm 27:13)

This week, my friend, let us exchange our rebellion for His grace. Let us pray for His grace to touch our heart and our eyes, to give us a perspective of His relentless grace carrying us in every season. Great mercy is shown to us every day, every moment — and it is because His scandalous love wants to weave this translucent hope into the strings of our soul.

So stand up, beloved, and step out in faith. When it seems like you have been left alone. When it seems like you are travelling this pebbly path by yourself and you are becoming weary. Take another step, and believe. His goodness with shine through the cracked corners and broken pieces. His light will chase away the darkness. In His radical grace, He has carried you this far, and you can rest assured that He will carry you still.

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  • Sharon

    Today I posted about a *miracle* that God brought into my life in the situation with my mother. It served as a good reminder that God is at work, all the time. May He always help me remember His utter faith-full-ness. May I always draw close to the throne of Grace. GOD BLESS!

    • Ronja

      "If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself" (2 Tim. 2:13). This verse has been giving me such comfort but also hope these past few days, knowing that truly He is showing us His faithfulness by working His miracles in our lives, even when we battle with rebellion or doubt or unfaithfulness. What an amazing testimony that is of God's working and of His goodness, what He has done with your mother, Sharon. He is so good to us. Blessings to you, Sharon!

  • Sharon

    Today I posted about a *miracle* that God brought into my life in the situation with my mother. It served as a good reminder that God is at work, all the time. May He always help me remember His utter faith-full-ness. May I always draw close to the throne of Grace. GOD BLESS!

    • Ronja

      "If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself" (2 Tim. 2:13). This verse has been giving me such comfort but also hope these past few days, knowing that truly He is showing us His faithfulness by working His miracles in our lives, even when we battle with rebellion or doubt or unfaithfulness. What an amazing testimony that is of God's working and of His goodness, what He has done with your mother, Sharon. He is so good to us. Blessings to you, Sharon!

  • Heather Hart

    "No weakness of ours, weakens His unceasing grace." - AMEN!!! Thanks for this post! It's such a great reminder that we need to let our faith define our perspective--which means we have to focus on Jesus, not on circumstances. It isn't easy, but when we get it it makes things easier.

    • Ronja

      Amen! Focusing on Jesus, putting Him first in everything and trying to see every circumstance through the perspective of grace -- this is not easy and sometimes it can be an outright battle. But it will be rewarded as we find ourselves drawing close to the Lord no matter what happens, and we find Him so near to us in all circumstances. His strength is truly made perfect in our weakness as He accomplishes in us and through us things that would have never been possible for us -- but we need let Him do that work. What a gracious God He is, though. :) Thank you for stopping by here, Heather! God bless you!

  • Heather Hart

    "No weakness of ours, weakens His unceasing grace." - AMEN!!! Thanks for this post! It's such a great reminder that we need to let our faith define our perspective--which means we have to focus on Jesus, not on circumstances. It isn't easy, but when we get it it makes things easier.

    • Ronja

      Amen! Focusing on Jesus, putting Him first in everything and trying to see every circumstance through the perspective of grace -- this is not easy and sometimes it can be an outright battle. But it will be rewarded as we find ourselves drawing close to the Lord no matter what happens, and we find Him so near to us in all circumstances. His strength is truly made perfect in our weakness as He accomplishes in us and through us things that would have never been possible for us -- but we need let Him do that work. What a gracious God He is, though. :) Thank you for stopping by here, Heather! God bless you!

  • Tayrina {ATinyMixOf} (@TinyMixOf)

    Thanks for sharing this encouraging post at Words of Comfort LinkUp. Hope to see you next Monday! :) Blessings Tayrina www.atinymixof.com

  • Tayrina {ATinyMixOf} (@TinyMixOf)

    Thanks for sharing this encouraging post at Words of Comfort LinkUp. Hope to see you next Monday! :) Blessings Tayrina www.atinymixof.com

  • tmpresser

    Thank you so much for sharing this encouraging post with us at Good Morning Mondays. It is such comfort to know that God always carries us through all life's situations. Thank you for the reminder. Blessings

    • Ronja

      Thank you for taking the time to write and share this with me! It truly is such a comfort to walk through this life with all the great promises we have from the Lord. Blessings to you!

  • tmpresser

    Thank you so much for sharing this encouraging post with us at Good Morning Mondays. It is such comfort to know that God always carries us through all life's situations. Thank you for the reminder. Blessings

    • Ronja

      Thank you for taking the time to write and share this with me! It truly is such a comfort to walk through this life with all the great promises we have from the Lord. Blessings to you!

  • Sharita

    So beautiful-- and true! Thanks for this reminder, Ronja-- I have a friend who totally needs to hear this! (I am walking with her in a VERY hard season and oh man-- are we tired.)

    • Ronja

      Thank you for your kind words, Sharita! I'm glad to hear that there were words here you consider worth sharing with someone. :) God bless!

  • Sharita

    So beautiful-- and true! Thanks for this reminder, Ronja-- I have a friend who totally needs to hear this! (I am walking with her in a VERY hard season and oh man-- are we tired.)

    • Ronja

      Thank you for your kind words, Sharita! I'm glad to hear that there were words here you consider worth sharing with someone. :) God bless!

  • Pat Fenner

    Ronja, So nice to "meet" you!! Thank you so much for sharing on Coffee & Conversation this past week! I look forward to reading more of your words in the future... His mercy and kindness are what keeps me going each day...and also breaks my heart when I DO rebel our of fear or pride or...well, whatEVER! Keeping my eyes on Him this week :-)

    • Ronja

      Thank you so much, Pat! I am so glad you found your way here! :) You are so right, though, Pat. Oh, how my heart breaks over and over again when I rebel against our Lord -- and yet, every single time, His grace finds me and reaches out to me. He sure is so good to us, isn't He? :) Blessings to you, Pat!

  • Pat Fenner

    Ronja, So nice to "meet" you!! Thank you so much for sharing on Coffee & Conversation this past week! I look forward to reading more of your words in the future... His mercy and kindness are what keeps me going each day...and also breaks my heart when I DO rebel our of fear or pride or...well, whatEVER! Keeping my eyes on Him this week :-)

    • Ronja

      Thank you so much, Pat! I am so glad you found your way here! :) You are so right, though, Pat. Oh, how my heart breaks over and over again when I rebel against our Lord -- and yet, every single time, His grace finds me and reaches out to me. He sure is so good to us, isn't He? :) Blessings to you, Pat!