"But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:" 1 Peter 3:15 (KJV)
The Failure of Men and the Power of God’s Grace
They walked with God in the cool of the day. They were blessed with the greatest intimacy with God humans have ever enjoyed in the history of this earth. They lived in a world of perfect harmony, purity, and peace. They were relieved of death, pain, and evil.
Adam and Eve had everything they could ever want, including a perfect home with perfect weather where there was no need for rain and no need for clothing to hide the nakedness of their bodies. Nevertheless, Adam and Eve failed God by doing the one thing God told them not to do. Adam and Eve introduced sin into the world and for that they were removed from the perfection incasing them. The doors of the garden were locked for them and for the rest of us.
Some years later, the human race that God created with such love, failed God as they filled their hearts with violence. The perfect judgment of God concluded that a new and fresh beginning was the only alternative. The greatest natural disaster know as the great flood, came as a rain of judgment over all mankind with the exception of Noah, his wife, his three sons and their wives. With eight people and two pairs of every known animal on earth, God gave us humans a new beginning.
A few hundred years later another great men came into the picture of the history of this world. Abraham, known as Abram, was an unknown man from the most famous and sinful land of the time; Ur of the Chaldees was a part of the evil Babylon. From there, God called Abraham to be the father of a new nation and the father of our faith. Through Abraham God revealed himself, His ways and His passion by blessing him with the great nation of Israel.
Israel represented the beginning of a new kind of people, a new nation, a new society, a new identity and a new spiritual culture. Abraham was a blessed, rich man with a great destiny and the favor of God and men. However, Abraham and his wife Sarah failed God. With the promise of their son Isaac, they attempted to “help” God by producing Ishmael. Still today we are paying the consequences of their “assistance” to God.
Moses witnessed God’s power, arguably, like no other man in the history of the world. He was given power to liberate the children of Israel from the cruel and arrogant hands of Egypt and take them to the Promised Land that God had given to Abraham. Moses was given the title, “friend of God”. God used Moses’s hands to shape the first five books of the Bible. Nevertheless, Moses also failed God by striking a rock in anger, when he was supposed to speak to it in faith.
God described David as “a man after God’s own heart”. David was a singer, musician, songwriter and warrior. God promised David that his Kingdom would be forever established. David failed God as he filled his hands with innocent blood and contaminated his character with a shameful adultery.
God blessed David’s son Solomon with unmatched wisdom. Israel had never seen such riches. It was the creation of the great Temple, it was a time of peace and a time when the whole known world look at Israel with amazement. Nevertheless, Solomon also failed God by worshipping other gods.
What can we say about Israel? The nation of Israel grew and was bless mightily by God, but they still failed God with the worst of all sins, the sin of idolatry.
Peter walked with Jesus, he saw all the miracles and listen to all of Jesus’ sermons and teachings. Peter even walked on water. Nevertheless, Peter failed God as he denied the Lord three times.
What can we say about the church? Two thousand years ago a new nation with there own citizenship arose on this earth, the church. We had the promise of always overcoming evil. But the church also failed God by making doctrines out of opinions and selfish agendas of man with no Biblical foundation. The church has prostituted her self for the sake of power and prestige.
The Mother Church, the Catholic Church, abandoned their humility and passion for God. The Protestant Church soon started protesting against herself. Today, the Church is failing God with her adulteries, divisions and arrogances.
What can we say about the United States? We were formed with a kiss from God, but as we fought for our freedom, we turned a blind eye to the atrocity of slavery. Today we are consumed with political, race and a form of godliness. The United States also failed God.
What about me? I have been given much by my God; I am indeed a bless man, with great promises for generations to come. Nevertheless, I also have failed God with adulteries, arrogance and fornications of my own.
The precious law of God declared all of us guilty of falling short of God’s glory. The enemy accuses us day and night. The Holy Spirit gives us conviction of sin. All of us have sin; all of us struggle with sin.
So, what is our hope? Yes, we must turn from our wicked ways! Yes, we must surrender to Christ and give our hearts to Him! But, what will and is changing us? At the end of the day, all of these mighty men of God, the nation of Israel, our own nation, the church, you and I made it and will make it by the power of God’s grace.
Beloved, we will be a perfect, pure and holy bride, not by our own strength, acts of charity and self-righteous attitudes, but by God’s Spirit. The Holy Spirit is in us and is writing the light of God’s ways in our hearts. Only by grace my brother, only by grace my sister! The Bible declared in Isaiah 53:11,
He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied. By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many, For He shall bear their iniquities. (NKJV)