“He Giveth More Grace”

Posted: February 6, 2019 in Christian Life, Compassion, Songs

Sometimes the most beautiful roses are surrounded by the sharpest thorns. Such was the case with Annie Johnson Flint. Even though her life was racked with sorrows and pain, this inwardly beautiful person expressed a truth concerning the grace of God that was sufficient to meet all her needs until she was taken home to be with the Lord forever.

The trials, tests, disappointments, and hardships of life didn’t come to stay but to pass away for those of us who have placed our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day. The Apostle Paul wrote, “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us” (Romans 8:18). He certainly knew more than most of us will ever know about the sorrows and suffering that were involved in reaching people for Jesus Christ (2 Timothy 2:10; 2 Corinthians 11:22-33). Three times he asked the Lord to remove “his thorn in the flesh” but the Lord responded by saying, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9).

Annie Johnson Flint was born on Christmas Eve, in the year 1866, in the little town of Vineland, New Jersey. Eldon and Jean Johnson, the father and mother, welcomed that Christmas present as the greatest earthly gift. The father was of English descent, and the mother was Scotch.

“The only remembrance of her mother dates back to the time just before her mother’s death in 1869 (at the age of twenty-three) following the birth of a baby sister for Annie. She must have looked with wonder from that baby face into the mother’s face that day, for it was the only imprint of that mother’s likeness that lived in her memory. The baby was left for life-long companionship. The father, [who was suffering from an incurable disease himself], took the children to board with the widow of an old army comrade who had been killed in the Civil War. It was not a happy arrangement. The woman had two children of her own and her means were very limited. During the two years the Johnson girls added to the cares of that family, they were evidently unwelcome and unwanted.” [1]

Most of her life, [Annie] was an invalid, blind and in constant pain and suffering. Yet she wrote such beautiful poems and hymns about God’s love, grace and strength in her life that encourages and impacts the lives of those who read and heard them.” [2] In the midst of all her suffering, she penned these words:

He giveth more grace as our burdens grow greater,
He sendeth more strength as our labours 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.

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. [2]

It is by God’s grace (unmerited favor) that a person is saved from having to spend eternity with the devil and his angels/demons in the lake of fire (Matthew 25:30, 41, 46), and is taken to heaven to spend eternity with God where there is unending fullness of joy (Psalm 16:11; John 14:1-3). Have you placed your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Savior? If not, why not now?

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We hope that you will enjoy this rendition of the song Annie wrote

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YN9-Ri6qjZY

[1] https://www.preceptaustin.org/annie_johnson_flints_biography

[2] https://paulsohn.org/he-giveth-more-grace/

More: http://www.homecomingmagazine.com/article/he-giveth-more-grace/

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