He was under no obligation to pity our misery, and repair our ruins: he might have stood to the terms of the first covenant, and exacted our eternal death, since we had committed an infinite transgression: he was under no tie to put off the robes of a judge for the bowels of a father, and erect a mercy-seat above his tribunal of justice. The reparation of man had no necessary connexion with his creation; it follows not, that because Goodness had extracted us from nothing by a mighty power, that it must lift us out of wilful misery by a mighty. Certainly that God who had no need of creating us, had far less need of redeeming us: for since he created one world, he could have easily destroyed it, and reared another.
Discourses upon the Existence and Attributes of God – Stephen Charnock, 1853
Words of Grace for Strength
We can never understand the depth and breadth of His Grace, for it is incomprehensibly pure in goodness, and we are not. Just as we cannot fathom why, in His Eternal Purposes, He created us to begin with.
If we ponder that thought in all the honesty we can muster in-self assessment, we cannot understand why He did, and why He did not scrap the whole process and start over again. For that is what we would have done, given the chance, given the infinite power to create, and re-create.
But God chose not start afresh, but to endure with patience and love, with incomprehensible grace, and to suffer the most painful paths to bring us to where He would have had us from the beginning: in perfect union and harmony with His infinite and holy presence, forever and ever. The most painful of paths, because it took no less that the death of His Son upon the Cross to bring us to the point at which we could be in His presence, and not be destroyed.
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16
Grace, so incomprehensibly pure and good, saved us from ourselves, saved us to Him. How can we not move ahead in our lives seeking to serve Him and worship with all that we have? Yet we do, and still He loves us, and still the gift of salvation through Jesus is freely offered to any who would just turn to Him and trust in Christ as the only means to eternal life.
For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 1 Corinthians 1:18 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their own craftiness”; 1 Corinthians 3:19
And there you have it; He seems foolish to the world, but we are foolishness before Him. So, He was willing to impart His grace upon us, that we may be made wise in Him in all things, but mostly in Christ Jesus.
It is not the foolishness of God that made Him save us through the incomprehensibly pure goodness of His Grace; it is the foolishness of man that we do not see it on our own. For without the conviction of the Spirit to bring us to Christ, any and all would die as fools.
How good is it that all do not?