Tuesday 25th February 2020 Devotion
Scripture:- Psalm 102:1-28
Topic:- The Attributes Of God [3, 4 & 5]
Text:- Exodus 3:14
Grace is the bestowal of blessing unearned or unmerited. When we speak of God’s grace, we speak of those wonderful gifts (e.g., salvation) that no man deserves but God grants anyway.
There are several methods by which God demonstrates His grace to us. There is what we call “common grace” — this is that grace that God shines upon the elect and the wicked alike.
This kind of grace is God’s bestowal of non-eternal blessings (e.g., health, prosperity, good weather, the Sunday comics, in fact, life itself is a gift of common grace to the non-believer since sinful man deserves nothing but death. See Genesis 2:15-17; Romans 6:23.
He does not have to give life to any one, no one can demand it from Him, and He can take it when He pleases. The other kind of grace is that special grace which God demonstrates on those whom he inexplicably chooses to be His people. Just as He did with national Israel. See Deuteronomy 7:6-8.
God chooses His children not because they are more powerful, wise, intelligent, charismatic, pious, handsome, but simply because that is what He wanted.
This grace is amazing for it relies not at all upon us, but solely upon God and His will, rather than any service or good we are capable to render. This grace also causes us to throw ourselves at the feet of the Lord in praise and rejoicing for His pleasure in granting us salvation.
Holiness is synonymous with God’s total purity and separation from the rest of creation. Holiness is a moral purity, and different from Adam’s holiness, God’s is eternally incorruptible.
This holiness so sets God apart from fallen man that in his natural state, no man may approach the incorruptible God (for man is tarnished, dirty, and corrupt, and True holiness cannot bear such) — this is evidenced by the special commands to those who would approach God. See Exodus 3:4-6; Isaiah 6:1-6.
God’s holiness is one of the primary reasons why the advent of Christ is so incredible: it allows men who were once unable to come before God the ability to kneel before the throne of God and worship forever and ever. See Revelation 4:9-11; 5:14.
Immanence describes a God who is at hand, working through the minutiae of the lives of His creation to produce a love for and enjoyment of His Word, His Gospel, and Himself.
God does not sit back and merely observe a creation which He set in motion millennia ago; He is present and actively participating in His world.
This gives the believer rest in the knowledge that there is no place or situation that is too far to be under God’s protecting hand.
Prayer Point:- Oh Lord God, You are good and Your goodness is for ever, bestow upon me henceforth by fire, in the name of Jesus Christ.
Have A Wonderful Tuesday!