DayBreaks for 6/17/20: Tenacious Grace
From the DayBreaks archive, June 2010:
“It’s not fair.” Wow…if I had a nickel for every time I heard (or offered) that excuse, I’d own North America.
We have a sense that things should be fair. We expect others to treat us fairly and we are upset when we feel we are being treated unfairly. We generally try to be fair to others – hoping that someday, if the tables should ever be turned, that they’ll respond in kind to us. I’m not real clear on the relationship between fairness and justice – but we want them, even if we can’t fully explain them.
One of the knocks against God has always been that He’s not fair in how He treats people. Let me admit right up front that I don’t understand all, or even most, and maybe very few – of God’s ways. I certainly don’t understand His reasoning. I don’t have to understand His reasons in order to believe He is a good God. I just have to decide if I will trust that He, being good, MUST also be fair. How could a God who isn’t fair be good? (There may be a way, but as a human I can’t grasp it!)
So I must conclude that God is fair in His dealings with everyone. Isn’t that part of the rationale behind the statement about how He sends the rain on the just and unjust alike? He deals even-handedly. He provides opportunities for people to respond. Some respond and choose the path of righteousness and others the pathway of evil.
Still, a LOT of what God has done throughout history hasn’t seemed fair to people. Why didn’t God denounce Jacob for his sneaky, conniving ways against his father and brother? Why didn’t God cut off his relationship with David because of David’s horrendous activities? Why did Jesus not make a big deal about the adulteress for her open disregard of the moral laws and then attack the Pharisees so viciously for the sin of lust? Why did God let Peter bounce back after his denial of Christ in the courtyard when Judas wasn’t “called” back for forgiveness? Why did God choose to use Saul/Paul after his persecution and murder of Christians in the zeal of the early years in his life? Why?
Why? The answer is because there is nothing in the entire universe that is as tenacious and determined as the grace of God. The Gospel of John tells us: God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. (John 3:17)
Yeah, God could have done all those things to the people in the paragraph before last. If He did, it would have been just. But would it have been fair? Maybe. But the point is this: He DIDN’T do those things because His interest isn’t in pointing out every little flaw and making sure that we pay for them…but rather to point to Jesus and say, “He’s paid for them so that I can be merciful and extend grace to YOU!”
It’s not fair…but I’m grateful for it anyway.
PRAYER: Father God, for Your tenacious grace, we praise Your Name! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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