Last night in small group, we were talking about the grace of “almost moments”.
You know the story of the Prodigal Son(s) in Luke 15 (and if not, you should read it here). This parable speaks to me more than almost any passage of scripture. It is a passage I go back to again and again, have taught on and preached on dozens of times. I truly believe if you want to know the heart of your Father, you’ve got to get this passage.
A few verses that have always struck me — and we spent a lot of time talking about tonight — are verses 16 & 17 —
He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything. “When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death!
Here is the lost younger son… away from his father… having wasted all that he was given… starving and desperate enough that he ALMOST ate pig slop. Did you notice that he ALMOST ate it? He longed for it… but no one gave him any. Instead, this was when he CAME TO HIS SENSES and realized how out of control his life had become.
In a real sense, he was saved by an ALMOST MOMENT. I think that there can be a lot of GRACE in ALMOST MOMENTS. I think God uses them to get through to us, when nothing else will.
Have you ever had an ALMOST MOMENT?
Sometimes I’ve missed them… or even charged through them. But other times, I HAVE COME TO MY SENSES and experienced God’s grace. In the midst of temptation… or anger or resentment or hopelessness… ALMOST.
It is powerful to know that our Father is always waiting for us… always loves us… that there is nothing we can do — either good or bad — that will ever change how much God loves you right now.
This basic truth — what we call grace — is what sustains me. I hope it sustains you too. Because it is all any of us really have. My hope in tomorrow is not based on my ability to keep doing what is right or on my talents or my drive or my plans… it is entirely based on God’s goodness and love and power.
Where have you experienced ALMOST MOMENTS, and God’s grace in their midst?