God’s Grace Extended
Except for God’s grace, He would have given up on sinful mankind, but through the lineage of Noah, Abraham was born and God promised that his descendants would be numerous as grains of sand on the seashore. Coupled with God’s grace, Abraham’s faith made him a great servant of God. Though he waited many years for God to give him the son He promised, he sinned by bearing a son by His wife’s handmaid, as Sarah suggested. But basically he was a great man. I admire Abraham: because it took courage to wait on God so many years for the son He had promised.
That was not the first time Abraham had manifested faith: while living in the land of Ur, God had called him to leave his home and go to a place He’d show him. But the greatest test of his faith was after waiting many years for a son, and later God telling him to sacrifice that son. Though Abraham loved Isaac, he was in the act of sacrificing him as God instructed, but God saw his faith and stopped him from sacrificing his son.
I believe God gives grace to those who have a sincere desire to serve Him; so grace a gift of God. I realize that grace and faith are two separate gifts, but let’s read what the apostle Paul wrote to Christians at Ephesus:
“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing: it is the gift of God.” Ephesians 2:8.
So must a sinner exercise faith to receive God’s grace? I would venture to say no: for it is by grace sinners are given an opportunity to accept Jesus as Savior. I believe that it is through God’s grace that at age ninety-nine, I am blessed to continue a writing career. And in my writing I try to give God the credit.
Heavenly Father, thank You for Your grace that rescued my sinful life and saved me from an eternity separated from You. When I fail to thank You, please forgive me. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen