Jan 29, 2020
"Amazing Grace" is one of the most recognizable hymns in the English-speaking world.
Written almost two and a half centuries ago in 1772, the words for "Amazing Grace" were borne from the heart, mind and experiences of the Englishman John Newton.
As a member of the Royal Navy, Newton faced many perils on the open sea. In the midst of a terrifying storm that almost sank the vessel he was on, he cried out to God.
The vessel was spared, but Newton’s change of heart was short lived. He went on to become a slave ship master, bringing many enslaved Africans to Europe for several years, and often treating them terribly.
I once was lost,
but now am found,
but now I see.
In 1754, John Newton left the slave trade and seafaring altogether. He was ordained as an Anglican priest, and later fought to abolish the slave trade, publishing a pamphlet uncovering the horrors of slavery.
Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so
that no one can boast.”
God’s grace isn’t a one time offer! When we turn to God in faith, His amazing grace is waiting for us — time and time again.
Lord, let your grace be a song of praise on our lips and in our hearts. Remind us to follow your ways, and to seek forgiveness when we go astray. Amen