The Purpose of Grace
“But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord”
Grace is always given with purpose. God’s wisdom and creativity has such abundance that the wonder of His giving exceeds our ability to comprehend it. Lost within its glory is the essential truth of the purpose and design with which it is given.
The generation in which Noah lived was one of violence and great evil.
“And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.”
It was in this context that the life of Noah shone into the surrounding darkness.
Grace given is revealed in the life lived.
“Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations,
and Noah walked with God”
The measure of Grace received is revealed in corresponding measure in our daily walk. Grace is the very power of God to bring us to the reservoir of His enablement to live and walk beyond our own miserable resources.
“Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling,
not according to our works,
but according to his own purpose and grace,
which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began…”
2 Timothy 1:9
Whenever and wherever God’s people disassociate Grace from Purpose there is a falling short of the call of God. Any ministration that presents grace separately from the bonds of a “holy calling” are misrepresenting the very heart and purpose of God Himself!
The end of God’s grace in Noah’s life is succinctly revealed as a testimony for us in our day.
“Thus did Noah;
according to all that God commanded him,
so did he”