I don’t know that I can fully put into words the beautiful peace and joy that can be felt when watching the snow wispily fall outside the window while sitting within your own quiet, warm home and reflecting on our Creator. This morning was one such morning for me as I was able to study, read and write Gods word. While I was enjoying the peacefulness I could hear, in my head, the words which many have been repeated many times to me recently, “enjoy the quietness while you can.” I can say that I am most likely not prepared for every change that our new little girl will bring into our home. However, I know that as she grows up I will be setting aside special times of quiet reflection in our home so she will set her little mind upon what a Great God we have.
As I wrote out some verses from the book of Ephesians 2 this morning. I thought about this specific attribute of God, His benevolence. As I wrote out verse 8 I was reminded how undeserving I am of any good thing that He has allowed me to experience in this life and will experience in the life to come.
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.”James 1:17As I wrote out Ephesians 2:8 I was reminded of two things about the giving of the “gift of God”, God’s Grace.
1. It’s an eternal gift
As I looked at verse seven I saw the phrase, “that in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace..”. As if God’s forgiveness of our sins against him isn’t already above what we deserve, our Savior tops off His forgiveness towards us with a gift. This gift shows us how vast and exceedingly large God’s treasure house of grace is. This gift will reveal towards us his grace for ages and ages with more ages to come after those are done. The mind of Christ is so expansive that his storehouse of grace towards man can never be outthought. I know I’ve had difficulty of thinking of new ways of how I could show someone my care for them. It’s hard to think that for ages to come God will continually show to us unnumberable riches of Grace.
2. It’s a Promised Gift
You’re not supposed to expect gifts right? Even though God’s gift is one that requires faith, “for by grace are ye saved through faith”, we are promised that when we place our faith upon His Word we will receive his gift of grace. We have to keep in our mind that this gift is not a business transaction in the sense that we both fulfill our side of the deal and come to an agreement; salvation and eternal life in exchange for repentance and our acknowledgment of Him as God. Whether or not we choose to submit ourselves under the hand of God we are still at his mercy, but those that refuse to submit will never receive forgiveness or the gift of God’s grace. God is so good to us, as to promise us a gift before we choose to submit to Him as our Lord.
There are many other ways we could see how plentiful and amazing God’s grace is toward man, but I hope you will take the time to think about those two attributes of this gift today.
Our God’s Grace is beyond our Comprehension, Praise be to God for that.