2 CORINTHIANS 12:9
HE GIVES US MORE GRACE
The song "He Giveth More Grace" was written by Anne Johnson Flint, who, by the age of 6, had lost both her parents. By her teens, she had developed arthritis and soon after lost the use of her legs. Bedridden, she was covered with sores and lost control of her hands and bodily functions.
The song was published in the 1940s during war, suffering, pain, and loss.
WHEN YOU FEEL LIKE GIVING UP
If anyone could have been excused for writing dark and depressing lyrics, it would have been a woman like Anne Flint. Instead, she focused on Jesus; the lyrics she was inspired to write were of hope and faith.
In the Revelation of Jesus, where the writer John sees the throne room in Heaven, the question is asked, "Who is worthy to redeem the Earth from its bondage of sin?" The answer was given that no one on Earth or in Heaven was found worthy, and John began to wail with tears in despair.
HOPE IN THIS WORLD THAT LACKS FAITH
A lack of hope in this world would have been a very understandable response for a lady like Anne Flint. People with far lesser trials easily succumb to despair and despondency. Nevertheless, like the Apostle John, Miss Flint saw "The Lamb Who Had Been Slain," and then she saw faith and grace for her life in her world.
This is not an easy belief-ism; and it is not "feel good faith." There is a desperate clinging to the only hope humanity has. Like a shipwrecked sailor clings to a piece of wood, we believers cling to the cross of Calvary from where our hope comes.
CLINGING TO THE GOSPEL - THE GOOD NEWS
We cling to the reality of an empty tomb for the strength to live in a world that has caused men and women far more significant than ourselves to surrender to hopelessness.
The message of the "Gospel of Christ" is not the way for us to be strong. It is the realization that we have no strength; our strength lies in Christ alone. It is the moment when, like in a tag team wrestling match, we tap out and let God fight for us.
HYMNS AS PRAYERS
It is incredible to sing songs like these as a prayer: "I often ask God, please give me the faith of people like Anne Flint and give me the wisdom to seek Your strength and not mine own!"
WORDS TO: HE GIVETH MORE GRACE
By: Annie Johnson Flint - (1866-1932)
1. He giveth more grace when the burdens grow greater,
He sendeth more strength when the labors increase;
To added afflictions He addeth His mercy,
To multiplied trials, His multiplied peace.
2. When we have exhausted our store of endurance,
When our strength has failed ere the day is half done,
When we reach the end of our hoarded resources
Our Father’s full giving is only begun.
3. Fear not that thy need shall exceed His provision,
Our God ever yearns His resources to share;
Lean hard on the arm everlasting, availing;
The Father both thee and thy load will up bear.
4. His love has no limits, His grace has no measure,
His power no boundary known unto men;
For out of His infinite riches in Jesus
He giveth, and giveth, and giveth again.
He Giveth More Grace