Have you ever considered…
- why is there substance in the universe (something) instead of nothing?
- Why is there light instead of constant darkness?
- Why is this world filled with more natural beauty than one person could ever experience in a lifetime?
- Why is there within this world the ability to sustain life and give provision?
The list of questions goes on, but this is where Andy Stanley begins his book, the Grace of God. To receive a revelation of God from the beginning is to see the perfect picture of grace.
In every way, He lavished grace upon mankind. We did nothing to deserve it and its far more than we could ever take in or comprehend, but that is grace.
With all this grace present, man still chose to trust a deceiver over trusting God. The one rule God had established, they didn’t follow and the blame game begins immediately as God questioned them about it.
Mr. Stanley points out that Adam does not, in fact, blame Eve. He blames God for his sin: “the woman you put here with me–she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.” Andy goes on to say,
In the beginning, Adam blamed God for his troubles, and mankind has been blaming God ever since… We have all struggled to reconcile the realities of suffering and injustice with the idea of a sovereign and just God. And from Genesis forward, God has taken the rap for all the evil in the world.
Even after man chose to sin releasing a devastation to both creation and future generations, God looked for Adam and Eve. He provided sturdy clothing and even promised of One who would conquer sin and restore divine order once and for all (Genesis 3:15).
Sin didn’t stop grace. It was undeserved before the fall and its undeserved now. You receive it because He desires to give it to you.
How liberating is that? God from the beginning establishes Himself in grace. The fellowship, life, purpose, and destiny God first set for mankind was restored through Jesus and is available to us.
I’ll say it again, grace is not hard to find.
Are you seeing it in your life? How specifically?
Welcome to week 1 of our book club discussion of the Grace of God (disclosure) by Andy Stanley. We are taking a sentence, paragraph, or passage that inspires, encourages, or challenges and writing about it. If you have a response on your blog, add it to the widget below. Either way, head over to my friend and co-facilitator, Sarah Salter’s blog for her thoughts. Whether you’ve read the chapter or not, please dive into the conversation!