Today’s AMI QT is provided by David Kwon from Journey Community Church.
Devotional Thoughts for Today
“God’s Reckless Grace”
At the end of forty days Noah opened the window of the ark that he had made 7 and sent forth a raven. It went to and fro until the waters were dried up from the earth. 8 Then he sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters had subsided from the face of the ground. 9 But the dove found no place to set her foot, and she returned to him to the ark, for the waters were still on the face of the whole earth. So he put out his hand and took her and brought her into the ark with him. 10 He waited another seven days, and again he sent forth the dove out of the ark. 11 And the dove came back to him in the evening, and behold, in her mouth was a freshly plucked olive leaf. So Noah knew that the waters had subsided from the earth.12 Then he waited another seven days and sent forth the dove, and she did not return to him anymore.
A few days ago, we looked at the judgment of God and how He sent the flood because He saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth. Today, we want to look at the other side of judgment—the grace of God.
We read that the Lord has ended the flood and as a sign, Noah had sent out a dove to see if indeed the waters had ceased. When it had not returned after several days, it was God fulfilling His promise that He would stop the floods and restore humanity. At the end of this great act of judgment, we see the grace and love of God as He spared Noah and his family. Grace is simply getting something you never deserved in the first place. This passage portrays a great picture of that truth. Noah did not deserve to receive God’s grace but instead received a new beginning to life, which is often the response of grace. One commentator put it like this about this passage:
“This is symbolical of the beginning of a Christian life. It marks the end of the old; the end of our dependence on man, on ourselves, and the beginning of our dependence on God. It is to be lived in a world, which is yet a mixture of good and evil, truth and error, but it is a new beginning. “
One of the first Christian books that I read was What’s so Amazing about Grace? by Philip Yancy. He gives a brilliant definition of grace: “Grace means there is nothing I can do to make God love me more, and nothing I can do to make God love me less. It means that I, even I who deserve the opposite, am invited to take my place at the table in God’s family.” Is that how you understand grace in your life? More importantly, do you experience and live out of grace, which results in freedom and security? Take some time and ask the Lord today that you would experience this amazing grace!
Bible Reading for Today: Isaiah 53
Lunch Break Study
Read John 8:2-11: Early in the morning he came again to the temple. All the people came to him, and he sat down and taught them. 3 The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst 4 they said to him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. 5 Now in the Law, Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?” 6 This they said to test him, that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. 7 And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8 And once more he bent down and wrote on the ground. 9 But when they heard it, they went away one by one, beginning with the older ones, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. 10 Jesus stood up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” 11 She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.”
Questions to Consider
- What struck you when you read this story?
- What do we see about the character of Jesus?
- How does this passage encourage you?
- It is clear that this woman is guilty of adultery and should have been punished as the scribes and Pharisees desired. She did not get punished but rather was shown grace.
- Jesus does not condemn us as our sins deserve. His grace and forgiveness are bountiful and we worship a God who continually extends, even when we stray from His ways.
- We are called to live in freedom because Jesus has forgiven us. We are no longer bound by shame and guilt, but rather, we can truly live as redeemed children of God.
Reflect and spend time thinking on Christ’s great love for you. In our constant fight against sin, we must always remind ourselves that we have a God who loves us unconditionally, despite all of our weaknesses and failures. Thank Him for His constant love that never ceases.