Part 2 is truly an extension of Part 1. My Queen felt we should speak on commitment. Our commitment to one another allows me to trust her input in this series. The very birth of this blog is through her. I wasn’t sure where this topic would take us, but like GOD always does, the message came later.
A commitment is one of the most important parts of Grace. When GOD gives us grace, HE is committed to carrying out HIS Word and what was agreed upon. The issue is always about us being committed. We never have to question GOD in the relationship. But just like any relationship, there is never just one person involved. This means that everyone has to be on the same page for it to work. The very reason grace is initiated is the commitment we made with GOD. Like I mentioned in Part 1, GOD carried out HIS plan with Noah. It was the commitment that they established that made it possible.
Throughout the Bible, we witness GOD giving people the opportunity to be committed to HIM. HE never ends the relationship for a mistake that was made, because GOD remains committed. It’s only when HE offers the opportunity to restore the relationship and we decline, that we fall from HIS grace:
II Chronicles 7:14 (KJV)
“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
Like any person that is seriously committed to someone, GOD truly wants the best for us. This is why most have multiple opportunities of grace to right their wrong. It is our commitment that will keep us from falling from HIS grace. The best example of GOD’s longing grace is displayed in the eighteenth chapter of Genesis. After we learned in Part 1 how GOD flooded the earth in the ninth chapter of Genesis, once again we witness how Sodom and Gomorrah is testing the heart of GOD. GOD is ready to be done with the sinful people, but Abraham begins to pull on HIS grace:
Genesis 18:20-32 (KJV)
“And the Lord said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous; I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come unto me; and if not, I will know. And the men turned their faces from thence, and went toward Sodom: but Abraham stood yet before the Lord. And Abraham drew near, and said, Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked? Perhaps there be fifty righteous within the city: wilt thou also destroy and not spare the place for the fifty righteous that are therein? That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee: Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right? And the Lord said, If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes. And Abraham answered and said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord, which am but dust and ashes: Perhaps there shall lack five of the fifty righteous: wilt thou destroy all the city for lack of five? And he said, If I find there forty and five, I will not destroy it. And he spake unto him yet again, and said, Perhaps there shall be forty found there. And he said, I will not do it for forty’s sake. And he said unto him, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak: Perhaps there shall thirty be found there. And he said, I will not do it, if I find thirty there. And he said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord: Perhaps there shall be twenty found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for twenty’s sake. And he said, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak yet but this once: Perhaps ten shall be found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for ten’s sake.”
Abraham pulled on GOD’s grace so tough that he started at fifty people and dropped down to ten, and GOD was willing to be committed to an entire city if only ten people turned from their wicked ways. This is the ultimate display of GOD’s grace and commitment to us. Most of us know the result of Sodom and Gomorrah, which not even ten righteous people were available to prevent the wrath of GOD. Why risk losing it all, when you have the opportunity to right your wrong and remain covered by HIS grace? Why not now?