The God of All Grace
“The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin.” (Exodus 34:6-7)
‘It’s not fair!’ How many times have you heard (or said!) those words? Perhaps someone got promotion when you felt they didn’t deserve it; perhaps you felt someone received a better gift or a better deal than you; perhaps life seemed to serve you a hard blow. Whenever we get less than we feel we should have done, we instinctively cry, ‘Unfair!’ and think that if only the world were just, then surely everything would be ‘fair’.
But here is some shocking news - the Bible tells us that God is not ‘fair’! What! How can anyone say that? Well, it’s true! For if God were fair, none of us would last a moment; his ‘fairness’ would judge our sin and wipe us from the face of the earth without a moment’s hesitation. But here is the wonderful news: God is not fair; he is more than fair. And that is what the Bible means by the grace of God.
It was this God of grace that Moses met when he went up Mount Sinai. While hidden (for his own protection) in the cleft of a rock, the glory of God passed in front of him and God spoke such wonderful words! For the first words from his lips, describing himself, were ‘compassionate’ and ‘gracious’ – though these are never the words the devil would have us remember, especially when we have failed God in some way. But again and again in the Bible, God’s people remembered this revelation of God’s heart to us and were renewed and encouraged though it.
Remember this yourself today, especially if the devil has been accusing you; for this is God’s truth about himself. God truly is ‘the God of all grace’ and his grace is waiting for you today!
‘The God of all grace.’ (1 Peter 5:10)
Copyright © 2017 Martin Manser and Mike Beaumont
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