Life itself is the great equalizer of man. Regardless of the station in which we find ourselves, we all have problems. The rich man and the poor man will both experience suffering and loss. We will all have times of frustration and difficulty brought about by the passing of time, foolishness of choice, and the uncontrollable actions of those who surround us in our journey. No one is without flaw, and no one can escape the troubles that life will readily deliver to our doorstep.
I've found throughout my life that, regardless of my most thoughtful plans, trouble will inevitably come. In spite of my best efforts, there will always be those whom my efforts fail to satisfy. And, despite my prayers for those I love, there will always be sickness, there will always be death, and life will, at some point, continue to bring us all to the same level playing field. The equalization of all men through the living of life is inevitable.
For those who know the Lord, there is another great inevitability...God's grace. Ever-present, it calls to us from across the ages of God's great provision for those who have honored Him, and it continues that call today. The grace of God rings out in the beauty of a sunrise, in the cry of a newborn baby, and in the simple touch of someone who really cares. God's grace is evident in the beauty of a single moment, as we remember those we love who have passed on, and it's evident in the passing of decades as we grow old with those we love. It's God's grace.
It's the same for every man, woman, and child. It cannot be bought with wealth, and it cannot be diluted by poverty. It is constant, and it is palpable for those who are paying attention. It is undeserved, yet it is freely given. The grace of Almighty God is sufficient for the whole of this earth and all who dwell here. We are, without a doubt, covered by, and living under, the compassion of such an amazing grace.
A great God...an unfathomable grace...
Keith Beatty is a Worship, Missions and Media Pastor living in North Alabama. He's excited and very humbled to be a follower of Jesus Christ!