If only when God smiles and says we’re saved, we’d salute Him, thank Him, and live like those who’ve just received a gift from the Commander-in-Chief!  We seldom do that, though. We prefer to get salvation the old-fashioned way: we earn it!  We opt to impress God with how good we are rather than confessing how great He is.

We burden ourselves with rules and think God will smile on our efforts.  He doesn’t!  God’s smile isn’t for the healthy hiker who boasts he made the journey alone.  It’s for the crippled beggar who begs God for a back on which to ride.

Daniel prayed, “We do not make requests of you because we are righteous, but because of Your great mercy.” (Daniel 9:18)

When I think about the prayers God has answered for me in spite of the life I’ve lived, I think He must be smiling still!

From In the Eye of the Storm

Max Lucado and GRACE Tour 2012 in Canada, October 17 & 18.