And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I

 rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

- 2 Corinthians 12:9-12KJV

- God's Visible Grace - 

December 17, 2023

Good morning, my Brothers and Sisters in Christ! I'd like to take a moment to share a story with you. When I was a young boy, I remember one of my favorite pastimes was going fishing with my friend Kenny. We'd spend the weekends out on the lake, soaking up the sun and catching fish. But I was never a very good fisherman—I'd cast out my line and wait, but I'd never catch anything. Until one day, when Kenny showed me a trick. He said if I wanted to catch something, I had to pay attention to the invisible currents beneath the surface—the ones I couldn't see but that were working to bring fish to the surface. It was only when I paid attention to those invisible currents that I began to catch fish.

Today, I'm here to talk to you about God's visible grace. Just like those invisible currents that brought fish to the surface, God's grace is always at work in our lives, even if we can't always see it. It's through God's visible grace that we can have hope in the midst of darkness, and confidence in the face of fear.

First, let's take a look at the story of Moses. In Exodus 33:18-19, God promises Moses that his grace will be visible to him: I will make all my goodness pass before you and will proclaim before you my name ‘The Lord.’ And I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy. Here we see that God's grace is not just an abstract concept; it is a tangible reality that God demonstrates through his actions.

Second, let's look at the story of Joseph in Genesis 39. Joseph was sold into slavery and faced many hardships, yet his faith and trust in God enabled him to persevere. Through it all, God's grace was evident in Joseph's life. As it says in Genesis 39:21: But the Lord was with Joseph and showed him steadfast love and gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison. Even in the darkest depths of despair, God remains faithful and extends his visible grace to us.

Finally, let's look at the story of Jesus in Matthew 14:25-26. Jesus is walking on the water and his disciples are afraid; yet Jesus speaks words of comfort and assurance: Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid. Here we see that even in our darkest moments, God is near and his grace is visible in Jesus' words and actions.

We can take comfort in knowing that no matter what we face in life, God is always near, and his grace is always visible. As it says in Romans 8:38-39: For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

My Brothers and Sisters, through God's visible grace we can have hope even in the face of despair—for nothing can stand against the power of God's love!



Lord God, in a universe that seems so immense it is easy to feel insignificant as we each come before you today. Yet we know that we are precious in your sight - unique individuals loved and blessed in so many ways. We stand in awe of the one who has created all things and dedicate this time and all our days to your faithful service. Accept this offering we pray, our sacrifice of praise and worship. In the name of our Lord and Savor Jesus Christ, Amen
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