My purpose in writing is to encourage you and assure that what you are experiencing is truly part of God’s grace for you. Stand firm in his grace. 1 Peter 5:12
There are many obstacles in the race of life. But regardless of what you go through, you can count on God’s sustaining grace.
The Bible says in 1 Peter 5:12, “My purpose in writing is to encourage you and assure that what you are experiencing is truly part of God’s grace for you. Stand firm in his grace”.
There are three things in life that can cause you to stumble, to get cast off to the side of the race, and to not finish well in life. And in each of these situations, God’s sustaining grace will get you through.
1. God’s sustaining grace helps you keep standing when you’re tempted.
Temptation is the first thing that causes us to stumble. The Bible says, “God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.” (1 Corinthians 10:13)
God says, “I will provide the sustaining grace to always give you a way to victory.” It may mean turn the channel. It may mean run out the door. It may mean change the way you’re thinking. But he will provide a way to overcome temptation.
2. God’s sustaining grace helps you keep standing when you’re tired.
Sometimes you’re not tempted. Sometimes you’re just tired! Life is often exhausting. It requires a lot of energy, especially when you’re trying to do the right thing rather than the easy thing. But where do you get the power to do the right thing when you’re dog tired? “It is God who enables us, along with you, to stand firm for Christ. He has commissioned us, and he has identified us as his own by placing the Holy Spirit in our hearts.” (2 Corinthians 1:21-22) The key is having the Holy Spirit, who is the Spirit of Grace (Zechariah 12:10; Hebrews 10:29) in your heart to have the energy to do the things you can’t do in your own power.
3. God’s sustaining grace gives you the power to keep going when you’re troubled.
There are some hurts that all the wishing in the world won’t make go away. There are some things in life that are unplanned, unrelenting, and undeserved — and they hurt the most.
What do you do in those situations? You first stop doing the “If only” game and instead focus on Christ and his sustaining power. Isaiah 41:10 says, “Don’t worry, because I am with you. Don’t be afraid, because I am your God. I will make you strong and will help you; I will support you with my right hand that saves you.”
No matter what we face in this life, be it the high moments or the lowest of the low, God is there. His grace is enough. He says us, “So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the LORD your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6) He is always with you – always. That’s how you get sustaining grace.