Bags and Bags and Bags of Grace

“Oh, how abundant is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you and worked for those who take refuge in you, in the sight of the children of mankind!”  Psalm 31:19

A local coffee roaster has bags and bags and bags of coffee beans stacked up in his warehouse, waiting to be roasted.  God has bags and bags of grace and mercy stored up in his heavenly warehouses for his children (John Bunyan). Not just a little bit of goodness – abundant goodness. God doesn’t just give us enough grace to barely get by. He blesses us lavishly. He opens the storehouses of heaven and pours out blessings we can’t contain.

After feeding the multitude there were 12 baskets of bread left over. There was more bread afterwards than he had to start with.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever.
(Psalm 23:6)

Is this how you think about God and your life?  Do you have a goodness and mercy mindset?  Can you see God’s goodness and mercy on your tail when you look back?  I feel like I can’t keep up with all God’s mercies to me.  I can’t keep track of them all.

God’s thoughts toward us are too many to number. His steadfast love for us is higher than the heavens are above the earth. He removes our sin as far as the east is from the west. God gives us these poetic pictures that we might grasp that his goodness toward us is infinite beyond measure.

But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. (Ephesians 2:4-7)

God’s riches of grace in Christ to us are so “immeasurable” they will take “the coming ages” for him to lay them out for us.  Did you hear that?  He didn’t say he’d be showing us his riches of grace for the next 1000 years – it’s going to take him the next 1000 ages.  For all eternity God will give us one long pleasure cruise tour of the storehouse of his kindnesses to us.

Ok, my brain just shut down.  I can’t comprehend ages and ages of God showering me with his kindness.  I can’t even take that in.

Given all the goodness God has stored up for us, we should never have a mentality that we won’t have enough. That God somehow won’t meet our needs or supply all we need. He’s a generous, lavish God who anxiously waits to pour out his kindness on us.

The God who dresses the lilies of the field more stylishly than Solomon will surely meet all the needs of those who take refuge in him.

  • http://worldofmelodyjoy.blogspot.com/ Melody

    Oh, I needed this today!

  • Mark Altrogge

    Thanks Melody – may our Lord pour out his grace on you today abundantly!

  • http://www.jottinmama.blogspot.com Katie

    Yes, yes. When I look back – I see His kind hand protecting….. and pouring out grace.

    If we could really grasp this whole concept of mercy…of grace…of redemption…..we woudn't be the same. Perhaps – our lives would be much more consumed with worship!

    Blessings,
    Kate

    • Mark Altrogge

      Amen Kate!

  • http://twitter.com/AlwaysAlleluia @AlwaysAlleluia

    This is awesome. I cannot fathom God's goodness in my life. It's immeasurable.

    • Mark Altrogge

      Immeasurable! Yes!

  • C.J. McMurry

    Let us never stop being absolutely overwhelmed by this amazing reality!!!

    • Mark Altrogge

      That’s right, CJ – we should think about it every day!

  • melodyray

    It's so easy to become self-consumed and forget about how God is pouring out his goodness and mercy all around us. Even in the midst of our trials — so, so much grace. Thank you for this encouraging word!

  • Mark Altrogge

    Thanks Melody! Thanks for adding this – yes even in our trials God never ceases to be incredibly good to us.

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