The Mariana Trench, which is over 36,200 feet deep and as low as you can get on the surface of the Earth, has nothing on the grace of God. From time to time at Keltonburg we sing the song “His Grace Reaches Me” by Whitey Leason. The first stanza contains the comforting words, “Deeper than the ocean and wider than the sea, is the grace of the Savior for sinners like me….”
When it comes to sin there is not a depth too deep that can keep God’s grace from being near when we desire it. The Psalmist described the power of God at the Red Sea by saying that, “The waters saw You, O God; The waters saw You, they were afraid; The depths also trembled.” (Psalm 77:16) Moses shouted to the people “…Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which He will show to you today…” (Exodus 14:13). The people were in need of deliverance – they were in need of God’s grace. They got both and we can too.
How God’s grace is able to do what it does is simply amazing. How can His grace take years, decades, or a lifetime’s amount of sin and wipe it out in one day? How does it take men and women lost in the darkest realms of sin and bring them out into the light that leads to a salvation that we can be sure of? I cannot explain it all but I know that it can happen (Mark 16:15,16; Acts 2:37,38; 22:1-16; Romans 4:6-8; Ephesians 2:1-6; Revelation 1:5) because whether we understand it does not matter as much as if we trust and obey it. Paul said, “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments, and His ways past finding out!” (Romans 11:33).
We all need the same grace that it took to forgive the people who spit on the face of Christ (Mark 14:65). We all need the same grace that it took to forgive Peter when he spoke out-of-place (Matthew 17:4,5). We all need the same grace that it took to save a woman involved in a relationship that could have cost her life and soul (John 8:10-12). We all need the same grace that encourages and accepts us when we are willing to repent of our sins (Romans 2:4). We all need the grace that takes us where we are but won’t let us stay where we’re at, and we need to let the same grace teach us what God desires of us and how to do it (Titus 2:11,12).
That first stanza of “His Grace Reaches Me” ends by saying, “…Sent from the Father, and it thrills my soul, Just to feel and to know, That His blood makes me whole.” God’s grace…some might just say it’s simply amazing, and that’s fine (okay, actually it’s great), but let us never forget the depth found within the very word grace itself. The depth of God’s grace goes beyond the deepest grave. It can take away the sting of death and the victory of the grave through the life and sacrifice of Jesus (John 1:17; 1 Corinthians 15:55).
When we believe it, accept it, trust it, love it, obey it, take it, and spread it to others only then can we start to appreciate the true depth that it really has. EA