Genesis 6:8, “But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.”
This is the first time we find “grace” in the Bible…but when you consider the context to this passage, it’s just straight-out heart-breaking! We read in Genesis 6:5-6, “The LORD saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time. The LORD was grieved that He had made man on the earth, and His heart was filled with pain.” The world had become so wicked, that God was sorry He made mankind, and the heart of the Almighty ached with pain.
Now, you might read verse 5 and shake your head and say, “They were really bad.” And they were – but so was I, and so were you!
Your next statement might be, “Well, I wasn’t as bad as they were,” and that might be true, but you were still “bad enough.” We can’t think for a moment that any of us deserves anything other than God’s just and permanent punishment, for the Bible says it point-blank, “There is none who does good, no, not one“ (Romans 3:12; Psalm 53:3).
The last hope that some have, in clinging to their own righteousness might be Noah himself. I can hear someone say, “Well, the Bible says in Genesis 6:9 that, ‘Noah was a just man, perfect in his generations. Noah walked with God.'” True, but don’t you find it interesting that this was spoken about him, AFTER he “found” grace (v. 8).
You see ,the truth is, NONE of us deserve to be saved. But somehow, not by works, but by faith, we who are saved have found favor with the Father; we have found grace in God’s eyes (Ephesians 2:8-9).
Justice is getting what we deserve. Mercy is not getting the punishment we deserve, but grace is getting all the good from God that we don’t deserve.
Grace is found in Jesus Christ (the Bible says in John 1:14, 17). All those who come to Him, will be spared from the flood of God’s everlasting justice.
At times, I must admit, it’s difficult to figure out all the theological elements of grace. There’s a lot I still don’t know, but I do know that in Christ I have found grace in God’s sight. I didn’t deserve it, and I never will. I should have been swept away in God’s holy flood, but instead I’ve been swept into heaven, through His holy blood. This grace covers my sin – I’m forgiven; and this grace empowers me to overcome my sin – I’m free (Romans 5:20; 6:1).
Praying you’d never abuse God’s grace, but I’m also praying you’d use God’s grace, remember you’re free and forgiven from the just judgment of the flood…just like Noah.
Enjoy…worship…and stay in the ark!
Your brother in Christ,