Friday, July 25, 2008

Discovering God's Grace (Joe Widick)

The book of Judges depicts God’s people descending into spiritual indifference and rebellion. Their dismal record of wavering allegiance hardly seems the place to find spiritual heroes, yet four people from Judges-Gideon, Barak, Samson, and Jephthah are named in the “Faith Hall of Fame” (Hebrews 11). They are listed along with Noah, Abraham, Moses and other notables. They are commended for their faith. Judges however presents these men as flawed people who nevertheless responded to God’s call during a time of spiritual darkness in their culture. The Bible honors them for their faith, not for their perfection. They were recipients of God’s grace as surely as we are. In every generation, God raises up people who are true to Him and to His word. The measure of their lives and ours is not the absence of failure but the presence of God’s gracious forgiveness and the faith to obey His call. Do you see what it is that is being talked about? These great men of faith were each and everyone the recipient of God’s grace. What they did with it made them champions. As you and I continue to discover God’s grace can we not see that he can raise us who are unlikely heroes into true champions for Him? Don’t forget Romans 5:1-2 as together we Discover God’s Grace

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