James Smith, 1842
"And God is able to make all grace abound to you — so that in all things at all times, having all that you need — you will abound in every good work!" 2 Corinthians 9:8
Jehovah is emphatically called . . .
the God of all grace,
the Father of mercies,
the God of all comfort,
the God of peace,
the God of hope,
the God of salvation.
All of these titles are full of comfort, and are calculated to inspire our souls with love, gratitude, and pleasure.
All grace dwells in God — and flows freely from Him. He is glorified in
communications of His grace to the most unworthy. You have received a
little — He is able to make all of His grace abound
toward you. The aboundings of His grace will produce . . .
and spiritual fortitude.
In reference to all these things — you feel miserably deficient; you
cannot produce them. But God can make His grace abound to you. He can
give you a sufficiency of grace . . .
to support you under every trial,
to strengthen you under every burden,
to qualify you for every duty, and
to fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope, by the power of the Holy Spirit.
You have perhaps set about doing good works — and have found yourself unable to perform them. You feel ashamed of what you have done; you have condemned yourself, and perhaps have given way to fear and despondency. This was wrong. Good works can only be performed through grace received from the Lord. Without grace — the wisest miscarry; with God's grace — the most simple succeed! We can only serve God rightly — when we serve Him with His own grace. Therefore the Apostle says, "Since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably, with reverence and godly fear."
You are not sufficient of yourself so much as to think a good thought!
Without supplies of grace from Christ — you can do nothing to please Him. It
is grace which . . .
first quickened us to feel our lost state;
led us to Jesus;
gives us a good hope;
conquers our corruptions;
enables us to act for the Lord's glory;
and grace will crown the whole!
There is no good work but you may perform it — if you receive God's grace!
There is no sin but you may fall into — if you trust to yourself, and neglect the supplies of grace.
Beware how you draw arguments from your own inability — to encourage negligence, unbelief, or sloth. God invites you to His throne of grace. He promises you a supply. He is able to make all grace to abound toward you. He is the God of all grace — and until He changes in His nature, forfeits His word, or refuses to give — you have no ground of complaint or despondency.
Amazing grace — how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost — but now am found —
Was blind — but now I see!
'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears relieved;
How precious did that grace appear,
When first my soul believed!
Through many dangers, toils, and snares,
I have already come;
'Tis grace has brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home!