What’s so Great about Grace?

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How would you complete this sentence?    “My life is  _______________.”

I wonder if your answer would differ from day to day, depending upon your circumstances. I’m afraid mine does. And yet, who wants to live life on a circumstantial roller coaster? It might be exciting at times. But a constant balancing act between opposing forces leaves me exhausted, confused, and unsettled. 

The eternal optimists might say, “Live it up; life is a party. Party favors for everyone!”  But what happens when the party’s over and the favors run out?

Some adhere to the life is good philosophy. In all honesty, could you wear that t-shirt every day? On what then are we to base our assessment of life? 

What about God’s grace?  Rather than depending upon unreliable circumstances or false securities, suppose we assess and pursue life in light of God’s favor? Life is not always good, but God is good, all the time. And so is His grace.

 Noah's ark

How does one find favor with God?  And what it would take for God to withdraw His grace from a society? Or, perhaps to call off the party altogether? In Noah’s day, the time had come. 

“The Lord saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time.  The Lord was grieved that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain.  So the Lord said, ‘I will wipe mankind, whom I have created, from the face of the earth—men, and animals, and creatures that move along the ground, and birds of the air—for I am grieved that I have made them.’  But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.’” Genesis 6:5-8

In the midst of difficult circumstances and unreliable influences, Noah found favor with God. In this context, the Greek word for favor means grace or to stoop in kindness to an inferior. What did God see in Noah that was different than anyone else?

“This is the account of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked with God . . . .”  Genesis 6:9

As our society sinks deeper into moral decadence, I sometimes wonder if our time has come. After all, there is no biblical assurance that America will survive God’s judgment. So, do we continue to party while our ship is sinking? Or do we reach for and cling to God’s eternal life preserver, His grace?                         

How do we individually find favor with God? Through a personal relationship with Him and a responsibility to His Word. Do you long to know God’s grace in your life, regardless of what goes on around you? If so, I invite you to pray the following prayer with me.

“God, I want to find favor with you. Help me to know you intimately and to walk in obedience to your Word. Thank you, Jesus for stooping in kindness to pay the penalty of death for my sins. I give my life to you; I ask you to live your resurrected life through me. I want to be a part of the solution, not a part of the problems of today. Therefore, help me to extend the grace you’ve given me to all who need the assurance of knowing how good you really are. And then, we can face all our tomorrows in light of this fact. Our lives are good—not because we are good—but because You are good, all the time. And that’s what’s so great about your grace.”

And all God’s people said, “AMEN!”

Allelujah

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