The Dispensation of Grace
“If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward:”
“Bro. Domelle, I just don’t know if I could handle…the way that they do.” Many people make this statement when they see someone else going through hard times. When we read the Book of Job, every person can only hope that they could come through the trials that he faced in the same manner that he did, but most wonder if they could truly handle and respond to the same heartaches that he went through. We read of Stephen being stoned to death, and with amazement we wonder if we could be as forgiving as he was with his final word, “Lord, lay not this sin to their charge.” (Acts 7:60)
Everybody is going to go through tough times in life, and many fear what they are going to do when those times come. Many believers are not afraid of death, but they fear the vehicle of death that will take them to Heaven. I have watched many saints of God come to the end of life and display God’s grace in a wonderful way as they stepped onto the shores of Heaven. You may wonder how you could face certain hardships, and you may fear how you would respond, but you must realize that God will be there for you when that time comes.
The verse above talks about the “dispensation of the grace of God.” The dispensation of grace is not a time period; instead, it is an act of God to help the believer through their hard times. The word “dispensation” comes from the word dispense. To dispense something is to give out according to the doctor’s prescription. In other words, God dispenses His grace to the believer according to the amount of grace that the believer needs. Ephesians 4:7 further validates this when it says, “But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.” Let me give you a few observations about God’s dispensing of grace.
First, don’t live in fear of what might be, because God will be there if the might be happens to you. Living in fear of what might be is only doubting the providence of God in your life. God hasn’t given you the spirit of fear; therefore, you must stop worrying about what might happen and take care of where you are presently living.
Second, whatever you are going through, God will dispense His grace in the right amount for each day. Worrying about how you are going to make it through a situation is fruitless energy being wasted on something that has not happened. Stop living in the “what if’s” of life and start living in the reality. When the heartache’s of life do come your way, be assured that God will dispense the grace you need at the time you need it.
Third, God has given you the grace that you need right now. You can see in Ephesians 4:7 that God gives “grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.” In other words, you have the grace you need to make it through whatever you are facing. The only reason you are not making it through whatever you are facing is because you have refused to take God’s grace as the painkiller for your problems. Accept God’s grace and you will find you can take it.
Fourth, God’s dispensation of grace is to give Him glory and to give you grace to make it every day of your life. My friend, when you take God’s grace to live every day, you will find that your hardship can be endured and that God will receive the glory for what you are facing.