Undoubtedly, each of us has heard at one time or another that God is love (1 John 4:16). It is one of the key certainties that we have learned about who our Heavenly Father is and what His nature entails. Because of that truth, we can rest in the fact that our creator IS love and we can then view all of life’s situations and circumstances through that lens to make sure that we keep a proper view. Among many other benefits, that gives us assurance that God is not the source of the difficult obstacles in our life. Knowing that God is love enables the believer to live confidently in the middle of an uncertain world.
There are not many places that I would rather be for a relaxing day, than at the beach. It is so wonderful to be able to sit in a comfortable lounge chair with your toes dangling in the sand and listen as the soothing sounds of the tide virtually wash away every ounce of life’s stress with each and every wave. Even though there are plenty of other good ways to unwind, I guess this would be my top choice. It has been said that your worst day at the beach is better than your best day stuck at the office. Perhaps the thing that I like best about the beach is that it is totally out there in the open. The peaceful sunlight seems to burn away all fear of the unknown. When you are at the beach, it is actually difficult to think about the trouble that awaits you back in the “daily grind” of life. In fact, you have to close your eyes and concentrate really hard to forget the peacefulness of the beach and mentally place yourself back into the difficulty of life’s demands. Beaches are truly one of God’s gifts of TRANQUILITY to man.
These days, it seems like everybody wants to own the latest and greatest. The computer that changed the entire computing world just three or four years ago is nearing obsolescence now. The technology that revolutionized the music world in the last generation gave us CDs. Now, those are virtually archaic, as this generation can put thousands of songs on an iPod less than a quarter of the size of just one CD. It used to be cool to change the radio station with the push of a button on the steering wheel. Now, all you have to do is ask politely. Certainly, any lady whose husband is an avid golfer can tell you how often golf club technology improves. “Here today and gone tomorrow” has never been more of a reality.
If you have been in church at least one more time than never, you have probably heard of grace. Somewhere along the line, you have surely heard or even said such things as “Oh, but for the grace of God, there go I” or “I sure thank God for His saving grace.” If a friend tells you that they think their actions are good enough to be saved, you may respond by letting them know that the Bible says we can only be saved by God’s grace and not by our works. Of course, “Amazing Grace” is perhaps the most well-known Christian song in human history. There is certainly no shortage of GRACE in our vocabulary.