I’ve heard Ravi Zacharias share this hymn a few times, and I thought I ought to share it with you. To give a little context, Annie Johnson Flint, the author of these words, lived a life on this earth full of pain and suffering. She was orphaned as a young girl, lived as an unwelcome burden with her first foster family. However, she finally did find love and acceptance with a new family, only to be orphaned again as a teenager. She suffered many physical afflictions that left her bedridden, incontinent, and in constant pain. And yet she wrote some of the most beautiful, faithful words you’ll find.
“He Giveth More Grace” by Annie Johnson Flint
He giveth more grace as our burdens grow greater,
He sendeth more strength as our labors increase;
To added afflictions He addeth His mercy,
To multiplied trials He multiplies peace.
When we have exhausted our store of endurance,
When our strength has failed ere the day is half done,
When we reach the end of our hoarded resources
Our Father’s full giving is only begun.
Fear not that thy need shall exceed His provision,
Our God ever yearns His resources to share;
Lean hard on the arm everlasting, availing;
The Father both thee and thy load will upbear.
His love has no limits, His grace has no measure,
His power no boundary known unto men;
For out of His infinite riches in Jesus
He giveth, and giveth, and giveth again.
The past few weeks have been very stressful, very trying. I’ve never felt more like a pastor in my life, and this week, I’ve never felt more like a sinner. I think that I’ve been trying to do too much on my own strength; I’ve been working harder than I’ve been praying, and it’s time to get back in balance.
“His love has no limits, His grace has no measure”—this is the God that saves and sustains us. This the God described as a father who saw his rebellious son a long way off and ran to greet him. This is the Father who desires to be in a relationship with us, a relationship through which He would supply you with all you need, if you’d only rely upon Him.
I’ve included a YouTube video of a very pretty version of the song, though it includes the ubiquitous, ridiculous montage of nature scenes.
[Featured image via CreationSwap/David Bruggink]