Ephesians 2:8-9: “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.”

God’s grace is a river that does not run dry and there is a lot of saving to be done from God’s end. What does He save us from? What it boils down to, He saves us from ourselves. We have the potential to destroy ourselves in the course of a lifetime. There is no formula with which we can beat the restlessness that lurks in every human heart. There is only one known cure: the restless heart needs to find its way back home. Our home base is in heaven. That’s where we belong. Nothing on earth replaces heaven. There are cheap imitations, but they don’t work. Our restless heart needs the real thing.

God is real. He is actually more real than the things we can touch, see, hear, smell and taste; these are here today and gone tomorrow. God on the other hand remains.

We are not alone. God created life. Some of the life forms He created have the ability to make independent decisions, which poses a risk. It means that any of those independently thinking beings could potentially turn against Him. And as a matter of fact, this is what happened.

If reality was a river, the stream would not be easy to navigate. There are forces pushing and pulling that are clearly beyond our control. We should be aware that some of the forces we encounter clearly hate God. Those forces are responsible for God’s misrepresentation. Thankfully, there are also good forces at work representing Him well; those are the ones who independently decided for God, not against Him. Picture yourself in the middle of such a wild stream, pushing and pulling us in all kinds of different directions. ‘Sink or swim’ is definitely life’s motto; and we have to make up our minds about God to make it through.

Nothing is as cut and dry as we wish it to be. We may have decided to side with the Lord yesterday and have turned our backs on Him today. Life is ferocious; the waves go over our heads. God knows. He once lived on earth as a human being and walked in our shoes. Jesus has since returned to heaven, but His heart is still here. Putting our faith in Jesus, we will not be disappointed. He is our Savior. That’s who He is.

When we return to the Lord He forgives us in a heartbeat. We get another chance and start over. Failures are part of being human. We all need grace. God’s compassion for us is boundless; there is no limit to His grace.

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