We have a problem. It’s called sin. It comes in many sizes and causes all kinds of havoc. Stacked on top of sin we have another problem, our ability. We do the best we can (sometimes) but even our best efforts fall short. Into this struggle with our sin and our ability, God introduces grace.
Grace is for pardon AND grace is for power.
By grace our sins are forgiven and by grace we have God’s ability empowering our daily lives.
The more we see grace the easier it is to trust God, and that’s our part of the equation.
God’s part is grace. Our part is trust.
Sometimes people read the Bible and come to the conclusion that grace appeared on the scene when Jesus arrived on the planet. But that’s not true. Grace has been the basis of our relationship with our Creator, God from the very beginning.
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good… Genesis 1:1-4 NIV
Over and over in the creation story we see this phrase – God saw that it was good. It’s a little silly to think God was patting himself on the back for doing such a good job. Why did God declare each phase of his creation good? Because it was good for us!
He created a world filled with goodness and then gave it to us! We did nothing to deserve the beautiful, pristine abundance of creation. That’s only grace.
Unfortunately for all of us, Adam and Eve blew it. Sin soiled the splendor of God’s good work. But even still, grace follows sin closely and right there in the middle of the world’s biggest mess God promises redemption through the sacrifice of his son.
“…And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspringand hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.” Genesis 3:15
We see grace in creation and we see grace was God’s plan from the beginning.
This is the second post in a series click here to read part 1 – Scandalous Grace