This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.
Recently, our youngest granddaughter, Alexandra Nancy, has learned to say, "Uh-oh!" when she drops a toy or sees one of her older sisters do the same. Such a huge step in her development! Although there is a part of this Gammie that longs for this baby to stay one, I ruefully accept that's not the way it works.
All three of our grand-girls are changing and growing each and every day.
As they do, their "uh-ohs" will change and grow right along with them. A juice glass knocked over. The forgotten homework. A test not studied for. A missed catch on the softball field. The dance step taken right when it should have gone left.
You get the picture.
Call me Grandma Grizzly, but I want to protect my granddaughters from all the pitfalls and potholes they will encounter throughout their lives. I desire to help them navigate those "Uh-oh!" moments that can all too easily turn into "Oh, no!" disasters.
But God reminds me: It's not my job.
My grands will make mistakes. They will, like all of us, sin and fall short of the glory of God.
And when they fall, our loving Lord will be right there to pick them up, brush them off and set them back on the road to righteousness.
So I pray that as each one of our precious grand-girls continues to grow, so will their faith in the redemptive power of God's grace.
And I'll do my part to place each of their tender, tiny hands into the strong, yet gentle, hands of Jesus, who will love them, "uh-ohs" and all.
Have you ever experienced an "uh-oh" moment that escalated into an "oh, no!" one?
Prayer: Father, thank You for being with us through all the "uh-oh" and "oh, no!" times in our lives. We all sin and fall short of Your glory. When we stumble and fall, let us reach for Jesus' steady and loving hands to guide us back into the ways of truth and righteousness. In the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.