While preaching this Sunday a phrase came out of my mouth in a way I had never considered quite like it before. It’s about the grace of God and how it works in our souls, in our situations, and in our relationships similar to how grease does on gears. Merriam Webster says that grease causes to occur smoothly; to hasten the process or progress of; to smooth the way; facilitate. High quality gear oil increases stability, load-carrying capacity, rust protection, and prevents premature wear.
This word picture has been growing in my imagination about the grace of God in our lives, or the way it came out of my mouth Sunday, “The grease of God.”
The scriptures are smeared with the concept of the grace of God, especially in the New Testament. And some of our favorite hymns are about the amazing, great and awesome grace of God. Also, we know that our sins are forgiven because of the unlimited grace of God. But to consider the grace of God as grease, or gear oil, that literally works in our daily lives to ease our situations, to cause acceleration in a process, to make the gears of a business deal shift forward with ease; or for that relationship that rubs you the wrong way to function the right way.
Hebrews 4:16, “Let us draw near with boldness to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and grace to help us just when we need it.”
James 4:6, “But God gives us even more grace, as the Scripture says, ‘God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble.’”
May all of us accept more grace today by first humbly acknowledging to God that we need it, and then expect that it will begin working just like the scriptures promise.
Prayer for more grace: “Gracious, giving God, your Word says that I can approach you boldly and receive mercy and grace to help in my time of need. Please grease my life with your wonder-working grace today. I trust that you hear me when I pray, and I delight with confidence that you are responding to me even now. Thank you for more grace and for more awareness of you working in my life today. It’s through Christ Jesus I pray, amen.”