CrossReads Weekly Devotional:Dependent on Grace 7/4/2021

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by Precarious Yates

Our nation defines itself as democratic and independent from tyranny. The whole nation celebrates, regardless of background. We light off fireworks, we traditional eat American foods, we enjoy time together as a family, as a nation.
This country wrestled for independence, having arrived at the conclusion that all are created equal. Throughout this country’s history, people have been struggling in one way or another to prove that conclusion all over again.
So many people have been sensing an increased struggle lately. There is struggle at every turn, both within and without. People have felt restless and yet have longed for peace. Where can we find that peace?
We long for “the peace of God which passes all understanding” that “will guard your heart and your mind in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7)
We long for a break from the tyranny of the crowded voices that entice us to walk away from the Truth: truth not as a sense of principles but as a Person. I have noticed that people are not only more isolated than ever, they are also more crowded than ever. Opinions crowd us from all sides these days. We don’t even get the news anymore, we get opinions about the news.
The Lord spoke to my heart the other day saying, “It’s time to draw closer to Me than ever. Draw close to Me as if your life depends on it, because it does.”
As He said this, I knew this word wasn’t just for me. So many of us need this reminder. We need to return to hope and anchor ourselves there, as Hebrews 6:19 says. And Romans 5:5 reaffirms that “hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”
Sometimes we have to wrestle to find that hope, to find that God in fact does wants us to give us His grace.
Sometimes, in the wrestling, we are hit in a certain way that leaves us with a limp for the rest of our lives, a reminder that Logos sometimes lets us win, always wants to bless us, and will always leave us with the reminder that we can lean on His grace

About the Author:

Precarious YatesPrecarious Yates has lived in 8 different states of the Union and 3 different countries, but currently lives in Texas with her husband, her daughter and their big dogs. When she’s not writing, she enjoys music, teaching, playing on jungle gyms, praying and reading. She holds a Masters in the art of making tea and coffee and a PhD in Slinky® disentangling.

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