“Therefore the LORD waits to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show mercy to you. For the LORD is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him. Truly, O people in Zion, inhabitants of Jerusalem, you shall weep no more. He will surely be gracious to you at the sound of your cry; when he hears it, he will answer you. Though the Lord may give you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, yet your Teacher will not hide himself any more, but your eyes shall see your Teacher. And when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left, your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it.’ Then you will defile your silver-covered idols and your gold-plated images. You will scatter them like filthy rags; you will say to them, ‘Away with you!’” Isaiah 30:18-22
What is it that I/you hold onto, believe in, stake our faith to that is not God? How wonderful, how marvelous it is that God waits to be gracious – that is gracious in and of itself. He will surely be gracious, he responds to our call and leads the way. Grace, we experience it in different ways but God’s grace is ever present and ever leading. Praise God from whom all blessings flow and from whom grace abounds!