Kings have gone by many titles, but the one I love most is His Grace — it describes a kind-hearted king, seeking the best for those in his kingdom.

Historically speaking, though, some kings were downright wicked. Drunk on power, they elevated themselves to a god-like status, mercilessly snuffing out all forms of rebellion, real or perceived.

While Jesus is often called the King of kings, power-grabbing isn’t part of his DNA. Unlike the wicked kings of old, His approach toward us has never been Top Down — forcing our obedience through manipulation or coercion. Instead, Jesus works from the Bottom Up. Getting down on our level, His Grace enters into our Mess. Holding us in His arms, He whispers His plan for getting us out of the Pit.

Tragically, this is the place where many of us Tap Out. Like seeds that fall among thorns, the spark of excitement is quickly choked when we realize His plan targets the Renovation of our heart, rather than the Removal of our problems.

Isaiah 43:2 says, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.”

I’ve gone through Traumatic Trials which threatened to deplete my strength, steal my joy and crush my resolve. I’d never choose to repeat those Difficult Days, yet I cannot deny that these pain-filled events propelled a growth spurt in my faith. When chaos descends, we often desire to be Lifted Out of our issues; however, it is the Walking Out of our Faith that produces the fruit of steadfastness.

God’s good plans for us sometimes involve a Change of Heart. While Humble Pie is certainly not the best-tasting dessert, His Grace adds just enough sweetness to make it edible.

The King of kings calls you His own and you have permission to call upon Him any time. When you do, know that He’ll not only meet you in the Midst of Mayhem, His Grace will guide you all the way through.