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God of Grace

Grace has been defined as “being given something that we have not earned or do not deserve”. For instance, if you have really misbehaved all day long and your mom made a special dessert for after dinner. You would not have “earned” the dessert by your behavior, but she may decide to give it to you because she loves you and hopes to encourage you to do better in the future. This would be “grace.”

God also has great grace towards His children. There are numerous references in the Bible where God says: “Grace unto you . . . from God our Father.” We do not always deserve the good things that God does for us, but because He has grace towards us He gives them to us anyway.

Let’s look at an example of God’s grace in the book of Genesis. This was many hundreds of years ago. God had created the earth and furnished it with plants, animals and people. The people, though, had not pleased God because many of them were very evil. However, there was one man, Noah, who did please God. Let’s read and see what happened.

Genesis 6:5-8:
And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.
And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.
But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.

The people that God had made had turned away from him and allowed the thoughts of their hearts to be “evil continually.” Because of what they thought and then acted upon they had become wicked. Noah was the only one that God mentions having “found grace” in His eyes. He must have been very special. Even though all of those around him were evil Noah was still able to do God’s will and love God. This is a great example for us.

God needed to do something to rid the earth of such evil while still making available something good for Noah.

Genesis 6:13, 14, 22:
And God said to Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth if filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.
Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch.
Thus did Noah; according to all that God commanded him, so did he.

God decided that the only answer was to destroy the earth, but before He did it He told Noah to build an ark. He then instructed Noah to put his family and the different types of animals onto the ark. After a while there was a flood where everything was destroyed except Noah and those on the ark.

God later promised Noah that He would never again be a flood to destroy the earth.

Genesis 9:12-15:
And God said, This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations:
I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.
And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud:
And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh.

As a sign of God’s promise that there would never again be a flood to destroy the earth God set a bow in the cloud. Every time you see a rainbow in the sky you can be reminded of God’s grace to Noah and God’s grace to you. Noah did what God commanded him to do even though it was probably not the easiest work. Because he found grace in God’s eyes he was able to build the ark, place the animals on there and many other things that God told him to do. You and I can do what God wants us to do because He gives us grace also.

II Corinthians 9:8:
And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work.

Children's Fellowship — on February 8, 2004 @ 5:48 pm

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