Is your soul thirsty?


God’s response to the thirsty soul is grace. We would prefer time travel. Second chances. Do overs.

But God opts for sustaining grace. Grace that leverages the past for a better future. Grace that fills the gaps created by our sin or the sin of others. . . .

I don’t think it is intuitive to pray for grace and mercy in our time of need. We pray for the thing we need in our time of need. We pray for circumstances to change. We pray for memories to go away. We pray for people to treat us better. And so we should.

But none of that is promised. What’s promised is grace and mercy in our time of need.”

–  Andy Stanley
The Grace of God

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10 thoughts on “Is your soul thirsty?

  1. Amy Jung

    So true. So many of the prayer requests I hear are prayers to answer a need. I do it too. The one thing we can be sure God will provide is — grace in the moment — even if He doesn’t do that thing which we’ve asked. My soul does thirst for grace!

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      Yes, I’m sure it’s our first instinct to go straight for the need to be answered. And not a bad one! 🙂 But I still have to learn to give God room to work in other ways beyond my preconceived notions of how I’d like him to answer. Not there yet. ha.

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      “what he’s offering me in the now” – ooh, that is good, Betty. Sometimes we start looking at someone else’s cup, or a future cup meant for us, when it’s THIS cup that he wants us to drink. This is the fulfilling one for our soul now.

  2. June

    God knows what we need so much better than we know ourselves, doesn’t He, Lisa! If you think about it, receiving grace and mercy from Him is far more valuable than any thing we can ask for in and of ourselves. Have a blessed day! I’m enjoying your series on grace!

  3. Beverley

    It reminds me of the poem ‘Footsteps’ and i have often felt the Saviour put me down after he has carried me through the rough times. I often feel very deeply for those who do not have a sure knowledge of God or of his grace and wonder how they ever get through the hard times without Him.

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      I wonder the same thing, Beverley. I’ve been with a family lately who does not have that sure knowledge as they go through some very rough times with cancer, and it’s been so painful to watch the hopelessness that comes with their lack of faith. 🙁

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