Now if I have indeed found favor in Your sight, please teach me Your ways, and I will know You and find favor in Your sight. Now consider that this nation is Your people. – Exodus 33:13
What is the evidence of God’s grace?
First, there are the gifts of the Spirit (each Christ-follower uniquely endowed for His service and for the accomplishment of His purposes). Another example of grace would be freedom from sin. The Christ-follower is free from sin’s slavery. He has a choice. Of course, a third evidence of God’s grace would be the fact that He gives more time for the peoples (nations) of the world to turn to Him.
Here, Moses gave us another benefit and more evidence. He said that because of God’s favor (grace) toward him, he was able to be taught the Lord’s ways … to intimately know Him and His purposes. For Moses then … and for us now … knowing God’s will and purposes is DEFINITELY more evidence of His grace! There have been significant moments in my life when I desperately needed to have clear direction from God. God’s grace is always evident in the revelation of His purposes and desires. His Word gives consistent, general direction (if we take advantage of it) and sometimes He even speaks directly to our hearts, confirming or affirming His desires. This is grace!
Whether God’s purposes are revealed before or after a decision is made, we can always see His grace in the revelation.
The Bible is proved to be a revelation from God, by the reasonableness and holiness of its precepts; all its commands, exhortations, and promises having the most direct tendency to make men wise, holy, and happy in themselves, and useful to one another. – Adam Clarke
Dr. David Pope is President and Founder of POPE Initiatives, a non-profit organization committed to providing executive-level management and support services for major global mission efforts.
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