“Each time he said, ‘My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.’ So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9
“So help me God.” It’s a phrase found in most oaths of office taken by political leaders and anyone being sworn into public office. This simple phrase was made famous by the first one to be sworn into the office of President of The United States, George Washington. As he placed his hand upon a Bible and said those four words Washington was making it known to all the he was relying on the grace of God. He knew that without the help of the Lord he would not be able to lead this fledgling nation.
Throughout the Revolutionary War and his presidency, George Washington walked in the understanding of the importance of God’s grace. As he first began to rise to notoriety, some critics noted that George Washington wasn’t that impressive of a person, or the standout that we regard him as today. Even to his own admission, Washington knew that it wasn’t from his own personal ability he drew this enablement to be a great leader, but rather the power of God at work in his life.
On the contrary, Israel’s fist leader, King Saul, didn’t understand the concept of God’s grace and as a result grew ever more impatient and prideful, as seen in 1 Samuel.
The Apostle Paul, however, had a deep understanding of how God’s grace was the necessity he needed to fulfill his life’s calling to spread the Gospel of Grace and establish churches around the known world.
Today, may we be reminded of our need for God’s grace in our lives to accomplish what God has called us to do. And know that victory is our guarantee as we keep grace in the right place!