GRACE FOR THE FALL
Hello dear readers,
So glad to be writing you amidst the pandemic and these seemingly sad times of recurring death and violence. It is a sign that we need God more than ever before! The world needs the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring peace to so many lives and situations, home and abroad!
“The Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit,” this powerful prayer to the trinity, is the crux of our existence. We cannot and should not remain fallen while there is grace to rise again!
Adam and his wife, Eve, fell into the sin of disobedience in the garden of Eden; I realize that they rather fell into grace, not outside of it. Grace is like the clean up for the mess up, no matter how bizarre the fall is. The love of the father literally made grace in the person called Jesus Christ possible for mankind to experience fellowship with Him again.
For any parent, one of the most exciting time is when a child literally start learning to take their first steps. There are children who suddenly start walking without even crawling. This is true for about 21% of children (both male and female) according to statistics.
However, for the other percentage who go through the regular stage of crawling, they often experience quite a number of falls. The parents or the adult watching them are usually present while the fall is taking place. (Most parents I hope do not leave their children unsupervised!) The parents' supervision provide comfort such as being available to tend to bruises. These children continue to rise up after each fall, attempting to walk. Though a bit wobbly at first, they eventually master their walking skills.
The amazing parallel in this story for me is how God is literally doing the same with me and I hope that you see He is doing the same with you. There are probably certain aspects in life, where we are learning to take our first steps and we have fallen.
Sometimes, it is a relationship walk, a business walk, a marital walk and we seem to have fallen. The truth this morning is you never fell outside of God’s supervision, oh! We never did! Even if we had no proper supervision by others, God is right there doing the cheering and hoping we get right back up!
No wonder God’s word says: “For a righteous man may fall seven times And rise again, But the wicked shall fall by calamity.” Proverbs 24:16
There is a vast difference between the righteous and the wicked. The righteous falls into Grace and that Grace empowers them to keep rising, while the wicked falls suddenly into calamity. Calamity is great misfortune and disaster and this isn’t usually the case for God’s children. Though they may look the same to us on earth, they are definitely not the same in the sight of God! This scripture in proverbs is probably one of the reasons Job’s wife and friends couldn’t understand the reason for Job’s trial. They instead judged him as wicked while God was watching Him closely in Grace!
Regardless of the expectations and allegations from those around us, we have to see beyond the disappointments of those who care about us and recognize that there is Grace made available, no matter the struggle to get back up. We are in the presence of Grace and if we spend so long in the fall, we may never walk. However, Grace is what is available to get us walking again! The Grace for the fall..
If God made provision for Adam and Eve and we are truly their descendants, rest assured that we are covered under the same Grace to walk again in His presence!
It has been a powerful month, reflecting on God’s Grace! Like never before, I am forgetting those things behind me, pressing toward Grace forever in eternal value! May the Grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with us all.. Amen