SHOUTS OF GRACE

Zech. 4:7 Who are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain. And he shall bring forward the top stone amid shouts of ‘Grace, grace to it!’

I have been pondering God’s promise to finish what He started in us all this week. If He is working in us to perform all of His purposes and promises, what is my role in the whole matter? In Hebrews, Paul declares that it light of this promise we are to fix our eyes on Jesus. It is so easy to get distracted when it seems like His promises are not coming to pass and we are caught up in a ferocious storm. But if His word is to fix your eyes on Him, as you do, He becomes bigger in our lives and the problems begin to fall into a proper perspective. Zechariah gives us the second response; shouts of grace. Why grace? It is because it has nothing to do with us, His work in us and for us is all of grace. So go ahead and start shouting! Here are some thoughts from Matthew Henry on today’s verse.
“When the work is finished it must be thankfully acknowledged that it was not by any policy or power of our own that it was brought to perfection, but that it was grace that did it—God’s good will towards us and his good work in us and for us. Grace, grace, must be cried, not only to the head-stone, but to the foundation-stone, the corner-stone, and indeed to every stone in God’s building; from first to last it is nothing of works, but all of grace, and all our crowns must be cast at the feet of free grace. Not unto us, O Lord! not unto us. As depending upon free grace, and desiring the continuance of it, for what is yet to be done. Grace, grace, is the language of prayer as well as of praise; now that this building is finished, all happiness attend it! Peace be within its walls, and, in order to that, grace. Let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon it! Note, What comes from the grace of God may, in faith, and upon good grounds, be committed to the grace of God, for God will not forsake the work of his own hands.”
So I think I am going to fix my gaze on the Lord. I have looked at my circumstances far too often. As Jesus comes more clearly into focus His work becomes more and more apparent to me. Seeing what He is doing I can’t help but shout. GRACE, GRACE, GRACE, GRACE

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