Exodus 33:17 ‘So the Lord said to Moses, I will also do this thing that you have spoken; for you have found grace in My sight, and I know you by name.’
Isn’t that great to know that one day you will audibly hear God whisper your name? The creator of the universe knows your name. The creator of the heavens and the earth wants a relationship with you. The creator of the stars placed each one in the sky just for you to enjoy. If that doesn’t give you chills, you need a spiritual double-check!
In searching for the Bible references to the word grace, Paul probably used the word more than any other writer. It was possibly because of his prior experience with grace and the journey that his life took before encountering Jesus on the Damascus road.
Talking about God’s grace and defining God’s grace are two completely different things. You see, the definition of grace cannot be found in the dictionary nor can words be assembled in a sentence that can give the word justice. I’m afraid that God’s grace cannot be expounded upon. We can use words like good will, favor, lovingkindness….but even those words fail in comparison.
God’s grace was wrapped in swaddling clothes. God’s grace is in His healing touch. God’s grace is in the sunset. God’s grace is in our salvation. God’s grace is _____. We can fill the blank with anything. That is God’s grace. Paul made attempts in the book of Ephesians but he could only use adjectives and descriptive words like ‘the glory of His grace’ Ephesians 1:6 and ‘exceeding riches of His grace’ Ephesians 2:7. The bottom line is that we are not worthy of His grace. His grace is also free. We must only believe that we can put our faith in God for anything at anytime for anyone, period. We can do all the right things, live for Him, pray, minister, teach, do great works, write, sing, worship, but it still isn’t enough to deserve His grace. That is compassion, that is love….that is grace.
2 Corinthians 3:7-18
“But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord”. Veils are interesting articles. My first thought is one of a bride on her wedding day. On this day, she opens herself up to a new life with her husband. When the veil is lifted, she can see more clearly. When Moses came down from Mt. Sinai with the tablets, the people could not look at him because his face shone so strongly with God’s light. Moses had been in a face to face conversation with God and it was literally written all over his face! Once we meet with Him, our veil is removed and we can see life clearer; a different perspective. Our countenance can be overshadowed by sin. The veil keeps us from being true, open and confident individuals with the gospel but removing the veil brings boldness and courage to our walk. Our lives change, our countenance changes, and we have a peace when we meet with God. When the veil is lifted, ignorance is taken away, our minds are no longer blinded and our hearts are no longer hard. There is freedom in God. I love sharing God with others because you can see their life change right in front of you. The new way with God in our lives gives us confidence to face the any adversaries and we can become bold in our actions for God’s Glory. V16 tells us that when a person come to Christ, our veil is to be lifted and taken away. The veil can be symbolic of Christ and the only way to the Father. Because He finished the work on the cross, we can now go directly to God through Jesus. We are separated from God, veil between us, before accepting Christ. True believers are commanded to let their countenance show proudly and openly. That same unveiled face will one day see Christ. Sometimes during worship, I think about seeing His face one day. It gives me chills. Think about His unveiled face for a moment. That thought makes Him worthy of worship.