God Still Offers Grace

 

 

 

Recently, during a Genesis Bible Study, the group was asked to identify key characteristics of those who walked with God.  Since we had just come through the Christmas season, the answers came readily as we could see similarities among the key individuals from the Christmas story.

Luke 1:6 (Zechariah and Elizabeth)  “Both were righteous in God’s sight, living without blame according to all the commands and requirements of the Lord.” (CSB)

Luke 1:28-30 (Mary) “And the angel came to her and said, “Greetings, favored woman! The Lord is with you. But she was deeply troubled by this statement, wondering what kind of greeting this could be. Then the angel told her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.” (CSB)

Drawing from our study of Genesis, we pointed to Noah.

Genesis 6:8 “Noah … found favor with the Lord.”

Genesis 6:9 “Noah was a righteous man, blameless among his

contemporaries; Noah walked with God.” (CSB)

What does God want us to learn from these Bible characters?

In the days of Noah, we have two contrasting groups of people: 1) the world filled with wickedness, evil, corruption and 2) the one who pleased God by what his life demonstrated.

II Chronicles 16:9 “For the eyes of the Lord roam throughout the earth to show himself strong for those who are wholeheartedly devoted to him.” (CSB)

For one group, God responded with judgment because He was heartbroken for what man had chosen – sin and death. For Noah and his family, God responded with grace.

Today, God still offers grace!

II Peter 3:9 “The Lord does not delay his promise, as some understand delay, but is patient with you, now wanting any to perish but all to come to repentance.” (CSB)

Back to the opening question: Can you identify key characteristics of those who walk with God?  And then in application, What does your life demonstrate?

Hebrews 11:6 “Now without faith it is impossible to please God…” (CSB)

Janice Ramsey