Genesis 6 (January 6)

                                                                                                   Grace in Disgrace

            “And the Lord was sorry…”

            The wickedness of mankind during Noah’s time was so great, that God repented, or changed his mind about having created the human race.  This race that had been made in God’s image, was now totally depraved and evil.

            If God would take (and he does) a deep, probing look inside our hearts, would he be ashamed by what he sees?  As Christians we have been created twice by God, therefore greater is our responsibility and accountability.

            “But Noah found favor…”

            The times in which we are living today are remarkably similar to the times of Noah.  In fact the Bible predicts that the return of the Lord will be in a future time just, “as in the days of Noah…” (Matthew 24:37). This time may closer than we may imagine if we judge by the moral decay, and ever growing wickedness of our present society.

            Nevertheless, our God will visit his people and impart abundant, overflowing grace, even in the midst of calamity and disgrace. Just as Noah found favor in the sight of the  Lord, we can “receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Heb. 4:16).

            Are you going through a tough time?  Do not despair. I have been there, and I know how sweet and timely God’s grace is. Jesus knows exactly how you feel because he is “a man of suffering and acquainted with infirmity;” (Isaiah 53:3).

            We can live in grace because in Jesus we are more than conquerors. We must live in grace because this is the best and only life for a Christian. We will live in grace because as long as Jesus lives in us, there will be grace in our hearts forever.

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