By Trisha Goddard
God is a gracious God. His grace toward mankind stands out throughout history.
Adam and Eve disobeyed God by eating from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, and they deserved to die. But God is a gracious God, and He provided a substitute (Gen. 2:16-17).
The people of Noah’s time were extremely evil, and they deserved to die. But God is a gracious God, and He instructed Noah and his family to build an ark in order to be saved from the flood (Gen. 6:5, 11-12).
Abraham, an idol worshiper, was called by God, and more often than not, he took matters into his own hands instead of obeying the Lord (Gen. 12-22; Heb. 6:13-15). He deserved punishment. But God is a gracious God, and Abraham’s story is a beautiful canvas displaying God's lavish grace (Stacey Thacker).
As we reflect on God’s attitude toward mankind throughout the Bible as well as today, we see that God is a gracious God. And for that I am grateful. He is extremely gracious with me as I intentionally move beyond the simple truths of God’s Word and put the truth that I know into practice – even when that is hard to do.
Yet too many times, I want to turn back to the easier way. Recently, I was reminded through Stacey Thacker’s book, When Grace Walks In, that God has made us alive with Christ. He has also placed us in Christ, raised us up with Him, and seated us together with Him in the heavenly places. We are no longer dead. We are rescued and seated in the safest place possible. It is all Jesus, all by grace.
When God impresses on me to do something, it isn’t for me to do alone. In fact, I realize more and more each day that in every story, it all comes back to God and His grace. Psalm 145:8 says, “The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love.”
God is a gracious God, and only because of Him, will I be an instrument in His hands.