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4/16/2016 Brief Thoughts: God’s Plan for Grace

“God does not take away life, but plans ways so that the banished one will not be cast out from Him.” (2 Sam. 14:14-15)

 “And God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.”            (1 Cor. 10:13)

As ready, willing and able as we often are to make plans to turn our attentions away from God, and grant our fealty to pursuits other than God, He is just as determined to plan ways to bring us back in to communion with Him. This is grace. It is not passive, but as active and more so than are we to incite it. While the Devil stands before God night and day accusing us (Rev. 12:10), Jesus advocates for us (1 John 2:1).

And who is our ultimate example in all things but Jesus? What better picture of this sort of grace actively planning and providing for our “escape” from sin than the Gospel story? This Savior who conceived of our escape and came to us “while we were yet sinners” (Rom. 5:8), proved we had nothing to do with it, and that His love demanded a solution while our sin had none. Oh yes, God will do everything humanly possible and beyond to so that we, in our proclivity for self-banishment, will not be the ones to gain the final victory!

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