Running Scared, ch. 12 — “Grace for Tomorrow”

This is a long overdue continuation of my Running Scared posts. I think many of the quotes in this chapter speak profoundly without my interjections. Here are some of them:

Worry and anxiety think more information will help. The truth, of course, is that it won’t. In fact, if you knew what tomorrow would bring you would probably stay in bed. But put that aside for the moment. The deeper issue is that we still think God is a little stingy [….] When we actually investigate the Scripture, we find that God is not holding back. He reveals himself graciously, without reservation, opening his very heart to us. If we think otherwise, if we think he is holding out on us, then we are getting trounced in the spiritual battle (138).

We fight fear by loving another person, right now. Sometimes we are anxious about the future because there is no larger agenda that occupies us in the present. Love, however, is an expansive agenda (139).

There is one bit of data that worriers never factor into their false prophecies. It is this: We will receive grace in the future (140).

When King Jesus ascended into heaven and took his rightful place on the throne, the coronation ceremony was unlike any other. While earthly kings received gifts, Jesus gave gifts. More specifically, he gave a gift. He poured out his Spirit on his people. When someone is full of “grace and power” (Acts 6:8), that is the same as saying that the person is full of the Holy Spirit (Acts 6:5) [….] To receive grace is to receive the Spirit; to receive the Spirit is to be given the kingdom of the Spirit; to receive the kingdom of the Spirit is to receive everything imaginable under the reign of King Jesus, including: Love, Joy, Adoption as God’s Children, Patience, Gentleness, Power to fight sin, Goodness, Freedom, Power to serve others, Self-control, Faithfulness, Presence of God, Fruitfulness, No condemnation, Promise of future perfection, Peace, Truth, Wisdom, The mind of God, Unity, Life (143-44).

[In the context of fearing a death by drowning]: It is enough to know that I will receive grace. I will know the presence of the Spirit and I will die, or be rescued, in a way that please the Lord (145).

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About Danny Slavich

I am a Christian husband, father, pastor, and poet. I lead Pembroke Road Baptist Church a multi-cultural, multi-generational church in urban South Florida.
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4 Responses to Running Scared, ch. 12 — “Grace for Tomorrow”

  1. Lee says:

    Great stuff! I’m eager to start reading the book – and about a dozen others…. :-/

  2. dad says:

    Proverbs 3
    21 My son, let them not depart from your eyes–
    Keep sound wisdom and discretion;
    22 So they will be life to your soul
    And grace to your neck.
    23 Then you will walk safely in your way,
    And your foot will not stumble.
    24 When you lie down, you will not be afraid;
    Yes, you will lie down and your sleep will be sweet.
    25 Do not be afraid of sudden terror,
    Nor of trouble from the wicked when it comes;
    26 For the LORD will be your confidence,
    And will keep your foot from being caught.

    I was just reading this today.
    How cool is this?
    In verses 21-23 we are reminded to seek God’s wisdom.
    Verse 24 seems to address the “worry about what hasn’t happened” scenario.
    God is there and will give you peace…“sweet sleep.”
    Verse 25 is designed for comfort when the (inevitable) real trouble comes.
    Verse 26 is the assurance that whether your worry is about what is imagined or what is real, God is your protection in either case.

    This was very comforting to me…I hope it is helpful for you.

    Love,
    Dad

  3. Danny Slavich says:

    Lee,

    Of the writing and reading of books there is no end…. 🙂

    Dad,
    Thanks. That’s an awesome passage.

  4. Lee says:

    That Solomon – he had all the good lines 🙂

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