God’s grace isn’t like that though. It defies our understanding.
Abraham was one of the first people to receive grace, not because he deserved it or was better than anyone else; he wasn’t. In the mystery of God Abraham was chosen and grace was lavished on him. God is an extravagant God and Abraham’s blessing is still going on now thousands of years later.
When God bestows his grace, however, it is no guarantee of an easy life. In fact it can make things harder! Joseph, one of Abraham’s descendants, received great grace in the promises he was given by God, and he also received grace to sustain him through the trials that came along because of those promises. If you have received God’s grace, don’t expect everything to be plain sailing. But you can expect Him to be with you every step of the way.
God’s choice – unexpected
Throughout the bible and beyond, God never seems to go for the obvious choice. This should be a real source of comfort for you and I (especially if, like me, you don’t have much to shout about). If you are clever, attractive or influential you should be even more grateful that God has made an exception of you!! It says in 1 Corinthians 1:26-29:
“Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him.”
Before David was chosen as King, he was in exactly this position, even overlooked by his own father when Samuel came to pick the future king from among David’s 7 brothers. Everyone had overlooked David. He was just a shepherd boy out in the fields, but God saw that he was the sort of person he could use and chose him to be king. The rest as they say is history!
So don’t disqualify yourself too quickly. God in His grace has chosen you and appointed you for great things in His kingdom. You may have once been an adulterer or even a murderer (as David later became) but that doesn’t mean that God cannot use you. No-one is too far away from His grace.
Let’s look at one more character from the bible; Peter. He boldly proclaimed in front of Jesus and the other disciples that he would never deny Him, but within a few hours of this proclamation he had disowned Jesus, not just once but 3 times. He would have felt totally condemned and worthless at the realisation of what he had done, but Jesus graciously and lovingly restores him. Within a couple of months, on the day of Pentecost, Peter is leading out and proclaiming boldly the news about Jesus.
God’s grace not only chooses us but it also sustains us when we fail.
This grace is absolutely astounding! We can only ask in astonishment the same question as David did in 2 Samuel 7:19 “Is this your usual way of dealing with men, O LORD God?”. (Net bible)
What have I done to deserve this? Absolutely nothing. Amazing!!