(dear blog followers: thank you for being patient. my last three or four blog posts have been about basically the same thing, but it’s important to me and I was really hung up on it.)
A few weeks ago, I sprained my wrist. I was playing baseball with some buddies and just being silly, I tried to catch them off guard by running from second to third after I hit a double and the ball had already been relayed to the second baseman. Sure enough, the throw was in time to the third baseman. I tried to dodge the tag by spinning and ended up losing balance. I came down hard on my left wrist (fortunately it was my left, my non-writing hand!) and could hardly move it all night or for a few days thereafter, and every movement brought sharp pain.
I really favored that wrist.
That word–favor–is one I’ve heard associated with “grace” for a long time. I assumed favor meant favoritism, or that God simply thought good thoughts towards us.
But favor can also mean to be in support of or an advantage.
when you think about it–if grace is support or advantage, it makes perfect sense.
we, as people, are in desperate need of help. grace is simply this: help.
Through him we received help and apostleship to call all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith for his name’s sake. (Romans 1:5)
And if by God’s help, then it cannot be based on works; if it were, God’s help would no longer be God’s help. (Romans 11:6)
Does that make sense? To me it makes perfect sense, and I hope that encourages you and help you think about grace.