Most of the time my one-year-old son listens, but when he’s tired or just feeling a bit mischievous, he’ll pursue the very thing I told him not to touch. And what happens? He hurts himself. He cries. In this moment, I can’t not hold him. I reassure him that he’s okay, even if I can see the bruiser swelling already. I kiss his hurt. I hush him. Sure, there are consequences, but I love him, there’s no way I’m leaving him to cry on his own.
When Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit, there were consequences, as anyone who has experienced childbirth – let alone just lived a day in this broken world – can testify. Still, there was grace. God cast them from the garden for their own good, so they wouldn’t live in sin for eternity. Not only that, He clothed them so they wouldn’t be ashamed. Then He designed a way – the Way – to reconcile them and the rest of humanity to Himself, through His Son, Jesus Christ.
The water that came from the rock in the wilderness was also an act of grace. Moses had disobeyed, he hadn’t spoken to the rock like the Lord commanded, he struck it twice in frustration. The consequence was significant. He would never enter the promised land. But the Lord still provided water to flow like a river from that rock.
Isn’t that just his grace though? When we think we’re beyond the point of no return, his grace and forgiveness kicks in, drawing us to himself.
Is there something holding you back from God? Something you need to bring to him? Run into his arms like the daughter you are. He’s not a God of “I told you so’s” but of love. Love that flows like rivers.
- Day 7 with Elizabeth Chapman
‘He split the rocks in the wilderness and gave them water as abundant as the seas; He brought streams out of a rocky crag and made water flow down like rivers.’