Have you ever really stopped to think about His mercy and His grace? How about His patience? I mean to think that through the expanse of time God would continue to give us a second chance and continue to extend his hand to pick us back up is simply…unbelievable. What other being would think of such an idea? Undeniable, undeterred, unmistaken, unwavering, unlimited grace. What could we have done to deserve such a gift, such a beautiful gift that we take for granted so often? From what I recall we were the race that God created to have a singular personal relationship with himself as our primary goal. He gave us the perfect world, gave us dominion over it and gave us the perfect companion. He gave us an uninterrupted relationship with himself and for all of those things, we simply threw them back in God’s face and said….I’ll take my own pride. Do we sound like a race that deserves grace? Every day we struggle over the same thing ultimately. Do I want God’s will or my own and so often I, we, find ourselves falling victim to the belief that our will is greater than the One who gave us a will in the first place. Ironic isn’t it? So why should we expect grace? Why should we expect forgiveness? Why on earth would we expect such a sacrifice from a God that could just easily have wiped us out and started over? You look through history and through the religions of the world and what they bring to the table is regards to answer to the “why us” question. Everywhere you look you see religions requiring the betterment of people to equal the perfect of a deity before that deity embraces people. Christianity is the only religion where God says, “Without me, you can’t be perfect, but take my hand and I will sanctify you.” You see, that’s just it. That’s what everyone else seems to forget and what we seem to forget ourselves even though so many of us have grown up in the church and grown up in the Bible belt and “knowing” about God. We still think that for whatever reason, we have something to do with our forgiveness. Wrong. So, we stand here and look at this world and we stand here and contemplate all the problems that we as humanity have caused in light of all of the opportunity God gave us for good and wonder how could God allow all this to happen? We question God because we don’t want to take responsibility for the very things that are wrong with the world. Blame God? Blame ourselves because just like in the garden, it was our pride that caused this mess. The only thing God has done for the past four thousand years is create a method to clean up our mess. Yes, Jesus is the answer for global warming, and everything else that’s actually wrong with this world. For those of you that ask why God doesn’t do more, I think I have an answer for that too. It’s because we won’t let him because we think our plans are better than God’s plans. If I/we think for one second that on our own we can fix any of this then we seemed to forget who gave us the ability to plan in the first place. So back to grace, back to the very forgiveness that allows me to have an eternal future. do I deserve that gift? Not a chance. Do any of us? Do you? It’s something that we have all heard before I am sure but how many times have you actually put down your school books, put down your Xbox controller, put down your phone, put down the TV remote and thought about the grace that has redeemed you? Ever wonder if God just wants you? Ever consider that the reason God has been so persistent through all these years is because more than anything He wants you? What I love more than anything is to know that God just wants to talk to me, that maybe on any given night I can simply sit down and talk to Him, the One who created all of this. I know everyone has been told a lot of different things about what God really wants from us, obedience, sanctification but something that I can’t help but believe is that before anything else God just wants us to love Him. In order to do that I think we just need to talk to Him. It’d be nice to listen from time to time too you long winded people you. I think it was Paul that wrote that above anything else he just wanted to know God and the power of his resurrection. Novel idea isn’t it especially when you stop to think that God has sort of been keeping his end of the bargain since the very first covenant he ever made with mankind and we’ve been “slacking off”. It’s as if God knew we would screw up and said, “Well, let me show you how much I love you.” So we’re back to grace, stemming from that very love. So I guess the reason I’m writing this is sort of because it’s been running through my head for the past week but also because someone probably needs to read this, or maybe I just needed to read this. We put so many idols before God, so many things in front of our time with Him (i.e. all those things we could put down to have a conversation with God) and all He has ever asked is for a relationship with Him. Is that too much to ask considering the grace that he has bestowed upon us? Forget all your theological terms and your definitions for all you “scholarly” people. I probably didn’t need to go to a Bible institute or go to a Bible college and get a Bible degree to come up with this cause it’s so much more simple than all of that. God’s grace sort of went something like this. “Even though I’m entirely self-sufficient, I am going to make these beings to interact with. They are totally going to screw up but that’s alright, because that will just give me a reason and a chance to show how much and how great I can love.” Angels probably thought He was crazy… So that’s my God and I’m dropping all the omniscient, omnipresent, inerrant, infallible, omnipotent mumbo jumbo that no one needs to understands and I’m going to stick with those terms that children know. Cause, after all, isn’t they who will inherit the kingdom? So, my God is my friend, my father, and my savior. So not to quote the movie “Babe” or anything but…that’ll do. I’ve done a lot of dumb things, and I’m still going to do a lot of dumb things and maybe you think you’ve done a lot of dumb things, things that exclude you from His grace. Well, one of those things that I am recognizing at this point is that God’s grace exists because of all of those dumb things I/you have done. Experience His forgiveness as it was intended because His grace is enough to save. Be thankful that all we have do is let Him know He was right in the end and that we can’t do it on our own. Novel idea? Seems simply doesn’t it? Then again, the wisdom of God can be foolishness to men. I think that’s in the Bible somewhere too. So, what a concept. Forgiveness, and all we have to do is admit that we need it. That’s my God. So, I’m going to go get to know Him better, try this whole deep relationship with an almighty being. You dig?