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Monday, June 23, 2008

Walking with God

But Noah found grace [chen] in the eyes of the LORD. ... Noah was a just man, [blameless] in his generations. Noah walked with God.
(Genesis 6:8-9 NKJV)

For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:15-16 NKJV)

The Hebrew word chen means favor, acceptance, even preference. Grace is often defined as unmerited favor, or getting what we don’t deserve (in contrast with mercy, not getting what we do deserve). Why does God show preferential treatment to one sinner over another? Only because we are "in Christ"—and we walk with Him. Likewise, our great High Priest, Jesus the Son of God, has walked in our shoes, and sympathizes with our weaknesses.

Merciful Father, please draw our utterly undeserving hearts to walk intimately with Your precious Son. As He was willing to know our weaknesses, let us be willing to know His suffering, His passion, and die to those weaknesses.

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