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Grace Is Not Hard to Find

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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?


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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!

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  1. floyd

    Grace provided even during consequences… That’s love… which grace falls under. That verse points to the weakness of all humanity, I’ve quoted it often in the same context… kinda sums up where we are…

    I see the hand of grace daily in the protection and provision even when my heart is less than set on my Father’s will.

    Posted on April 24, 2013
    • jasonS

      Absolutely. He disciplines those He loves and He’s treating us as sons--grace again. We don’t deserve that love and attention, but He desires us to know Him. So good. And I’m with you on the protection. We have no idea what God saves us from every day. Incredible. Thanks Floyd.

      April 24, 2013
  2. tcavey

    It’s so easy to get lost in the sadness of evil and forget that God is here, that God is love, that God is grace, that God is EVERYTHING we need!

    The more I learn about God, the more I’m in awe of His extravagant love for ALL His creation!

    Posted on April 24, 2013
    • jasonS

      I totally agree. Reading this chapter again and letting grace unfold before me in this way--it blew me away. How rich is His love and kindness toward us! Thanks so much, TC.

      April 24, 2013
  3. Dusty Rayburn

    Always undeserving, God approaches and gifts us with His Grace. It is all around us, surrounding us, comforting us, yes even saving us. Shame on us for looking over it and choosing time and again to follow the deceiver, just like Adam did… blaming God the whole way.

    Yet, He continues to extend His grace to us. We don’t deserve it, but nothing we do can deny it. His grace is meant for me and you.
    Dusty Rayburn recently posted..Where Grace Began for UsMy Profile

    Posted on April 24, 2013
    • jasonS

      It’s a beautiful, incomprehensible circle of love and grace! I get hurt by someone and it’s takes everything within me to say “hello” to them the next time I see them. We reject Him over and over and He still pours out grace and mercy and unfailing love. I’m in awe of how awesome He is! 🙂 Thank you, Dusty.

      April 24, 2013
  4. Betty Draper

    Good post brother…to know we will shed this “old man” for the last time when we go to heaven, never to struggle with him makes grace even more incomprehensible. Blessings brother.
    Betty Draper recently posted..Protecting GodMy Profile

    Posted on April 24, 2013
    • jasonS

      Yes! And we get to bring His Kingdom and life here on the earth as it is in heaven. What a hope we have! Thanks Betty.

      April 25, 2013
  5. Sarah Salter

    Oh, Jason, we used the same quote! LOL! Maybe God REALLY wanted us to hear that part. Actually, I’m pretty sure I needed to hear ALL of it. But still. I think God might have a reason behind that. 🙂
    Sarah Salter recently posted..The Blame GameMy Profile

    Posted on April 24, 2013
    • jasonS

      I know! It was so hard to narrow down, but I felt like that was such an important point especially in light of tragic events in our country. So sad we choose to blame the only One who has ever completely loved and given grace abundantly. I loved how Andy put it in such great perspective. Thanks Sarah. 🙂

      April 25, 2013
  6. Ed

    Grace? I see it everyday in that God can choose to send in the enemy to persecute and deliver us to trial for our faith, yet so many os us are overcomers each and every day.
    Ed recently posted..Where have I been? Where am I going?My Profile

    Posted on April 26, 2013
    • jasonS

      He positions us in His strength for real breakthrough, for ourselves and others. Grace! Thanks Ed.

      April 26, 2013

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