Grace that Conquers Bitterness
By Timothy Arliss O’brien
Psalm 73:21-28 (MSG)
21-24 When I was beleaguered and bitter,
totally consumed by envy,
I was totally ignorant, a dumb ox
in your very presence.
I’m still in your presence,
but you’ve taken my hand.
You wisely and tenderly lead me,
and then you bless me.
25-28 You’re all I want in heaven!
You’re all I want on earth!
When my skin sags and my bones get brittle,
God is rock-firm and faithful.
Look! Those who left you are falling apart!
Deserters, they’ll never be heard from again.
But I’m in the very presence of God—
oh, how refreshing it is!
I’ve made Lord God my home.
God, I’m telling the world what you do!
God approaches us with grace and tender loving care. We are blessed with the ability to show the same grace that has been given to us. This Grace not only changes our approach to God but should also teach us how to care for others.
Grace is the catalyst that God uses to wake us up from our deep slumber of hard-hearted bitterness and make us soft and loving. The way we think is molded by God’s grace, and the tone of that grace should instruct us and change how we respond to the stress of life.
Grace is accessible to us in this very moment and is perfectly exemplified by our most loving God. Look for God’s grace in your life, and let it soften your heart.