THE WONDER OF PRESERVING GRACE
“O Israel, thou hast destroyed thyself; but in Me is thine help.” Hosea 13:9
Is not this a true charge? Does not your conscience agree with it, as a well founded accusation? Have you not willingly with your eyes open, run into some sin, which, BUT FOR GOD’S MERCY AND UPHOLDING HAND, would have proved your certain destruction? Have you not stood upon the very brink of some deep pit, down into which one more step would have plunged you?
As you realize the evils of your heart, you see what a marvel it is, that grace is kept alive in your bosom! You see yourself surrounded on every side with that which would inevitably destroy it – but for the mighty power of God!
You look back and wonder how the life of God in your soul has been preserved so many years. Sometimes you have been sunk into such carnality. You have felt such emptiness of all good, and such proneness to all evil, that you wonder how you have not been swallowed up, overcome, and carried away into the pit of destruction!
David said, “I am as a wonder unto many.” But you can say, “I am a wonder unto MYSELF!” The world, the devil, and your own evil heart, have been for years all aiming to destroy the precious life of God in your soul—all stretching out their hands to strangle and suffocate it!
And yet, in His mysterious wisdom, unspeakable grace, and tender compassion, He has kept the holy principle alive in your soul.
O, the mystery of redeeming love!
O, THE BLESSEDNESS OF PRESERVING GRACE! We have been preserved, upheld, and kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation!
“O LORD, Thou hast brought up my soul from the grave: Thou hast kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit.!” Psalm 30:3
“Which holdeth our soul in life, and suffereth not our feet to be moved!” [Psalm 66:9]
“Hold Thou me up, and I shall be safe!” [Psalm 119:117]