November 14: not without effect

I love watching the sun rise. I will not forget this one that Amanda captured when we were traveling in Kenya. A sunrise changes everything. The light gives us the ability to see what we could not see previously, but the beauty of the sun rising also puts our focus on the sun.

This morning, as I was reading from the Bible, two phrases became my focus. In Psalm 149:1 – “Sing to the LORD a new song.” Not just a song, but a new song. I hear that as an invitation to see something new and to respond in kind – a new song. Then in 1 Corinthians 15:10 – “his grace to me was not without effect.” Paul is making the case for the resurrection. He lists all of the eyewitnesses with himself as the last to see the risen Christ. His emphasis is on last. His life prior to seeing the risen Christ made such an experience all the more unlikely. And yet, “his grace to me was not without effect.”

This morning, I’ve been reminded of people throughout my ministry who could say the same. They were surprised by God’s grace and the effect God’s grace has had on their lives. It is a great privilege to hear such stories and to sing a new song. God is good all of the time. All of the time God is good.

Take some time and reflect on the grace of God in your life. Because just like the sunrise, God’s grace is not without effect.

Today’s reading: Psalm 149; 1 Corinthians 15-16

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