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  • Writer's pictureDavid and Marilynn Chadwick

Davidisms - God Doesn't Give You Dying Grace Until You're Dying

“God doesn’t give you dying grace until you are dying.” I believe this quote originated from Corrie Ten Boom, the Christian who survived the Nazi concentration camps in World War II. She lived in a reality that demanded unwavering trust in the timely grace from her heavenly Father. Regardless of who originally said it, this message is so important to understand as followers of Jesus. We may not be facing Nazi regimes like Corrie Ten Boom, but we will inevitably face trials and tribulations of our own (John 16:33). Jesus promises to give us the grace we need for whatever situation we may face. 2 Corinthians 12:9 promises that God’s grace is sufficient for whatever we may face. His power is made perfect in our weakness. When we follow Jesus, our weaknesses become an opportunity to boast in the power of Jesus. He can take any situation and turn it for our good and his glory (Romans 8:28). This promise of God’s sufficient grace is for every single problem you will ever face. But it is given to you as you need it. If it’s a problem you won’t face until tomorrow, God will not give you the grace today that you’ll need tomorrow. But he will give it to you tomorrow! He is a good Father who is present and ready to give grace for each needed moment. This is especially true when facing death, the final and greatest enemy of all. When that day comes, Jesus will give you the grace needed even to face that. And you will be able to face it with courage and victory. 1 Corinthians 15:55-57 says that death has no sting! It has been swallowed up in victory. “The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” What a wonderful promise!

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