Devotionals

The Lettuce

Written by Lynne Phipps

Thought for the Day:

“Salvation is God’s way of making us real people.” 

 St. Augustine

“Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

Hebrews 4:16

As I grabbed my ringing phone, I heard my daughter saying that Frank was in the greenhouse.  Dropping the receiver, I made a dash out of the house and arrived at the greenhouse to discover Frank had indeed broken in and was contently munching all the tender lettuce plants down to their roots.

Frank is my miniature horse. He is extremely nosy and very determined.  Unaware of my arrival, he was chomping away when I asked him what he was doing.  He almost leapt out of his skin and then gave me one of the guiltiest looks I had ever seen.  Who knew?  A horse could look guilty? Not until I caught him red-handed.

Trying not to laugh at this unexpected reaction, I chastised him and pointed my finger for him to get out, which he at least had the humility to obey.

Frank is not the only one who gets caught out in his sin though.  The Holy Spirit is pretty adept at catching me as well and then pointing the way out and the way to go.  And the way out and forward is through God’s grace in Christ: Grace which allows me to acknowledge my sin, be forgiven of it – as well as the guilt of it – and then go forward with a clean slate to set things as right as possible concerning the situation.  Not that I deserve forgiveness but because God’s grace is undeserved.  He extends it freely to all those who trust in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour.

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— “

Ephesians 2:8

This marvelous gift of grace is something that I am becoming more and more aware of as I age, due to the fact that I am often awake during the night.  

And during these periods of wakefulness, the Holy Spirit brings things to my mind.  I remember occurrences of sin from years ago, even though I was often not aware that they were sin at the time.  They are not huge things but rather those everyday instances when I did not love my neighbor as myself.  I acted hastily, rudely, and in an unthinking and unkind manner.  I did not take the time to help when I could and should have.  I used harsh words or a manner which was totally uncalled for.  I left undone what I should have done. All these things I either justified at the time or was simply blind to.  

And yet, God was aware of them and because He loves me so much, He wants me to be holy in Christ, which also means becoming aware of any ungodliness within and dealing with it, through His grace, which I am obediently doing step by step, as He lovingly catches me out.

Prayer: 

Father God, thank You for Your grace through Jesus Christ.  Thank You that it is always available to us through faith that we might not only be forgiven of our sins but also the guilt of them that is so often the cause of depression, discouragement, and hopelessness.  May each of us learn to accept and rest in that grace that we might become more and more like You.  In Christ’s name. Amen.

Delve Deeper:

How about you?  What does God’s grace mean to you? 

How aware of it are you in your daily life? 

Have you been saved by grace, through faith – if so, this is not from yourself, it is the gift of God.  And if not, ask yourself, why not?  For one day, we will each be found out, much like I found Frank out.  Our life will come to its earthly end, and we shall stand before God.  And how we have accepted or refused His grace in Christ will be the judge of our eternity.

This devotional was published on the 5th November 2019 on PresbyCan Daily Devotional.

2 Comments

  • Sarah Keith

    Thank you, Lynne. I relate to being awake at night and the Spirit bringing sins and situations—and necessary prayers—to mind. Picturing your horse “caught in the act” is funny…my dog in the past reacted similarly when doing those things she “ought not to have done”…so funny!

  • Lynne

    Hi Sarah thank you for your response! I too have dogs, in fact eight of them. If one of them has been naughty when l am out, when l get home the other seven will all look at the guilty party when l ask “who did this!?” They really are hilarious aren’t they.
    Blessings
    Lynne

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