I was recently listening to a song by Hillsong United called Like An Avalanche. If you haven’t heard it, go listen now. I’ll add it to this post. The whole song is flat out awesome, but the first two verses are what gets me. It reads:
Laying Your majesty aside
You reached out in love to show me life
Lifted from darkness into light
King for a slave
Trading Your righteousness for shame
Despite all my pride and foolish ways
Caught in Your infinite embrace
After reading all the lyrics, the idea of the song is that God’s grace flows like an avalanche. The technical definition of an avalanche is: “a sudden arrival or occurrence of something in overwhelming quantities.” I’ve talked about the Taylorfied definition of grace in previous blog posts, but I’ll restate. Grace is going above and beyond forgiveness and doing something extra (such as blessing someone). Now put together the concept of grace flowing like an avalanche. Crazy, right? Now think of grace flowing like an avalanche for YOU… God going above and beyond forgiving you, and instead of being angry with you, He chooses to bless you.
I’ve accused God and I was blasphemous; I was angry, prideful, and doubtful; I was promiscuous, depressed, a cheater and a liar. If there’s anyone that needed God’s mercy, it was me. However, instead of mercy, God extended grace on my life. I can’t help but be completely overwhelmed at the goodness of God. How is it that I could blaspheme His name, yet He still loved me?
I absolutely love songs that talk simply about Jesus. He was pure and holy, brought here for one purpose — to die. I try to imagine if I lived in the era of Jesus. What kind of person would I be? Would I be in the crowd screaming crucify him while clapping as he was being beaten? Or would I be a follower that listened as he spoke?
Songs that talk about Jesus are a reminder for me that I didn’t get to this point of my life by my own strength. I’m where I am today because of Jesus freely giving himself to be beaten and slaughtered for me.
If God hadn’t extended grace on humanity, I most likely wouldn’t be alive. I’d have given up a long time ago. But that’s the beauty of grace, isn’t it? Even when we want to quit, give up on God, doubt Him, or stop praying because we haven’t seen answers, God steps in and breathes life into us again. Have you ever looked back at your life and wondered how you made it through a difficult situation? I know I have. Making it through those difficult times was God shedding grace on you. You’re only able to make it through because God so loves you and wants to see you through those situations.
One of my all time favorite verses in the bible is 2 Corinthians 12:9. It talks about how we can boast when we’re weak because we know God will extend grace on us in those times. How stinking awesome is that!
“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”
– 2 Corinthians 12:9