November 17

Ezekiel 35:1-36:38; James 1:1-18; Psalm 116:1-19; Proverbs 27:23-27

God’s grace is limitless. We should know because we are the recipients of His grace every day. Grace is a product of God’s unconditional love for us. Even though Israel was under the law and constantly broke that law, they did not have a way to make things right with God on their own.

God tells Israel that He will bring them back from exile to honor His Name. Moreover, God says that He will restore the land and its productivity to a level greater than it was when they left. Did Israel deserve this? No!

God reminds Israel that they don’t deserve this kindness. Why was it important for God to repeatedly say this to Israel? Because God wanted to let them experience His grace first hand. They knew the law and the consequences for breaking the law. But, they did not know the love and grace of God. God’s grace is getting what we do not deserve.

Just like Israel, we cannot earn our right standing with God. He freely brings us into His family and seats us at the table— not as a guest— but as a full-fledged son or daughter. God’s grace is absolutely amazing. We are where we are because of God’s grace. We have hope and a bright future because of God’s grace. Trust God’s grace today. It can do more than save you! It will take to all the way to the top. God did it for Israel and He will do it for you!

Tomorrow’s Reading: Ezekiel 37:1-38:23; James 1:19-2:17; Psalm 117:1-2; Proverbs 28:1

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