I believed, therefore have I spoken: I was greatly afflicted: (2 Cor 4:13 ) We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak ... Psalm 116:10
When did believing begin for you? Can you trace its progression through the stages of development? Can you identify a moment or an hour when all came to fruition and declare that as the hour you first believed?
For most of us the progression is a series of disjointed memories, but we can go back to a time when we made a statement of faith, a profession of our belief. That was, for us, the hour we first believed and in that hour, grace was most precious.
Let us return to that hour and renew our faith. Let us return to that moment and reaffirm our commitments. Let us return to that time and recommit our lives to Jesus Christ. Let us go back and remember how precious that grace appeared.
Let us gaze upon the beauty of grace as we once beheld it.
Let us receive grace anew with joyful hearts.
Let us be thankful again, as we once were, for the marvel of it all. Undeserving, unlovely, unrepentant, unbelieving as we were, grace invaded our lives. Everywhere we turned, we encountered grace. We sought to flee from its pursuit only to be hunted down at every turn by the Hound of Heaven.
And then we stopped running. That was we hour we first believed. And as Francis Thompson testified, we heard His voice:
"Ah, fondest, blindest, weakest,
I am He Whom thou seekest!
Thou dravest love from thee, who dravest Me."
And we joined in the song of Charles H. Gabriel,
“How marvelous, how wonderful! And my song shall ever be.
How marvelous, how wonderful is my Savior’s love to me.”