One of the best one of Aesop’s fables that I read as a young boy was The Tortoise and the Hare. I also remember the Bugs Bunny version. What do I remember from that story? “Slow and steady wins the race.”
What has that got to do with the way of grace? It speaks to the quality of God’s grace. It is like the steady stream talked about in Psalm 46 that “makes glad the city of God”. It’s not a splash here and a splash there.
So many live horrible lives today because they live hare-able lives. They know how to jump in, start fast, wear themselves out running full tilt from one thing to another; finally, quitting or at least taking a break before they finish.
God says, His grace is like a river. We step into it and it will bear us steadily along. It will take us to places we could not go by ourselves no matter how fast or energetic we tried to be. Romans 5 tells us we have been given access into this grace through Jesus Christ. As a result, crossing the finish line victorious becomes a matter of entrusting our lives to Him.
“So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son. He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins. He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding. God has now revealed to us his mysterious plan regarding Christ, a plan to fulfill his own good pleasure. And this is the plan: At the right time he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ—everything in heaven and on earth. Furthermore, because we are united with Christ, we have received an inheritance from God, for he chose us in advance, and he makes everything work out according to his plan.” (Ephesians 1: 6 – 11 NLT)
Our prayer is that we stand within the steady downpour and flow of God’s grace in Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit moving us along in obedience and holy fear.