The Promise Through Faith (365 Days of Daring Faith — DAY 237)
Romans 4:16 (NLT)
So the promise is received by faith. It is given as a free gift. And we are all certain to receive it, whether or not we live according to the law of Moses, if we have faith like Abraham’s. For Abraham is the father of all who believe.
In today’s society, favoritism is played in almost every arena. We vote for one candidate over another to run our country’s government. Some students are selected to enter a prestigious university over others. In sports, one team may be favored to win over another. Status, race, background, religion, education, and other differentiating factors play a role in whether one rises to the top or not.
Thankfully, God does not play favorites. He does not extend grace to some and hold it back from others. Being recipients of his grace is not based on who we are, where we were born, what we do, how we learn or anything else. It is solely based on God’s unconditional love for us. God’s grace is for everyone equally. No one gets more grace than anyone else. No matter what your status, race, or background is, God’s grace is a free gift to you.
Everyone must come to God the same way the most well-known patriarch of the Old Testament, Abraham, did. He received the promise by faith. No set rules or regulations had to be followed, no guidelines had to be mandated, he had faith in God and his promises. You and I can think of every reason God should not give us grace. We know our faults, flaws, and failures better than anyone else except God. But because God knows us like that, he extends grace into our lives anyway. We couldn’t make it without it.
Some people have to have a certain level of education before they can be looked at for a job. Others have to have a set number of years of experience before they can climb the corporate ladder. Still, the world has set it up, where one has to be beautiful in this way, smart in that way, talented in another way, before they are even considered for a fair shake. But this is not the case with God and this is never the case with grace. By faith, you can experience God’s grace in your life and you can reflect that same grace to others.
“That is the mystery of grace: it never comes too late.”
— François Mauriac