“THE GRACE OF GOD”
“But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.” (Genesis 6:8)
Grace has often been described as “God giving us what we do not deserve.” I, personally, do not know of a better description of the grace of God. Let me also point out that the opening text is the very first time the word “grace” appears in the Bible. This is significant because of the circumstances upon the earth at that time. God was preparing to judge the earth severely with the flood waters. Genesis 6:5 says, “And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth….” Without a doubt, Noah and his family did not participate in the wickedness that all other men on earth indulged in. Therefore, God chose him to build an ark for the saving of his own house and for the animals that went on the ark. Noah was a man just like all men, but he was different. He found grace in the eyes of the Lord.
There are several “graces” found in Scripture. You have first, “saving grace,” then there is “sustaining grace,” then “serving grace,” and finally, “separating or dying grace.” The child of God can enjoy these graces at pivotal times of their earthly life. We are never to be ignorant of God’s grace, but rather to become spiritually enriched by it.
There are “proofs” of God’s grace found throughout the Word of God. For illustration purposes, let me show you five proofs of God’s grace. “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness” (Isaiah 41:10). In this verse, God plainly states that grace is “all of God and none of man.” It is all about Him and what He will do. Notice the five proofs of His grace:
1.“I am with thee.” God never leaves us alone. No matter what circumstances of life you find yourself in, you can rest assured that God is with you.
2.“I am thy God.” Because God is our God, He has more than just a casual interest in us, our lives, our protection, and our provision. He is a God that truly cares about us.
3.“I will strengthen thee.” The Apostle Paul said in Ephesians 6:10, “Be strong in the Lord and in the power of his might.” In our flesh we are weak; we need God’s strength to sustain us each and every day.
4.“I will help thee.” When David was going out to meet the giant, Goliath, he said to him, “...Thou comest to me with a sword and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied” (I Samuel 17:45). When the odds are against us, there is our God to help us.
5.“I will uphold thee.” It is the design and responsibility of God to keep us and to guard us against things that could harm us. Writing to the believers, the Apostle Peter said, “Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time” (I Peter 1:5). Because God is omnipotent (all-powerful) there is no power greater than His. He upholds us by His power.
These five proofs of God’s grace should be more than sufficient for every Christian. It was for the Apostle Paul (cf 2 Corinthians 12:9). May the God of all grace bless you beyond measure. Pastor H. Preston Parker