Sometimes everything goes better than I could have expected or planned, and in such cases I am often struck by the omniscience, the beauty, the graciousness, and the humor of God.
On the other hand, sometimes nothing goes quite right… and on the other side of it (or perhaps during it), I am struck by the grace and mercy of my Lord and Savior, who knows my pain, having suffered more than I could imagine, who loves me in spite of myself, and who shows his love not least through the body of Christ around me…
In this way, I am made humble – for I have nothing to claim for myself, nothing to boast about. All that by which I define myself fails me at some time or other… but God never fails. His Word remains true, his Spirit active in me, his Son interceding on my behalf.
4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. 6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (NIV)