Grace, Grace

In Zechariah 4, an angel brings encouragement from God to a man who is completely overwhelmed, telling him to stop focusing on dealing with his difficult circumstances with physical strength, and instead see and overcome them with God’s Spirit. He then tells him something strange—to shout “grace, grace” at the impossible in order to see it accomplished.

Declaring grace over all you’re facing isn’t some kind of secret Bible code to magically fix everything. But it isn’t hyperbole, either. Grace is God’s empowering and equipping presence in your life. Speaking “grace, grace” is resting in the grace he’s giving you to deal with your problems brilliantly, and growing in the grace he’s giving to become all he sees in you.

When you have a moment alone with God, take a slow, deep breath. With your first “grace,” give him the fear, discouragement, and bitterness you’ve attached to your circumstances. And with the second “grace,” receive from him all the faith, hope, and love you need to overcome them.

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