Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living ©
All who rely on observing the law are under a curse, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law.” Clearly no one is justified before God by the law, because, “The righteous will live by faith.” The law is not based on faith; on the contrary, “The man who does these things will live by them.”Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.” He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.
(Galatians 3:10-14 (NIV))
There is no one alive who is capable of living each and every day of their life from birth till death exactly as God desires.
Let’s face it, there is not one person alive who can follow detailed instructions letter perfect each and every time something needs to be done. Since we are not capable of following instructions for things that are trivial in comparison, how can we follow detailed instructions every second of our life? The Law is a curse, for it cannot be kept. Unfortunately, it must be kept if we are to stand before God and be given entry into His presence. The Law shows us that we are not capable of achieving this absolute perfection in our actions, and therefore we are condemned to eternal separation from God.
We can rejoice!
We have been given a pardon from our lack of perfection. We have been given grace through the perfection of another. We have been given salvation by God through the gift of His Son, Jesus, who came and lived as a human in a perfect existence before God. Through His perfection, we have been given grace. Through His obedience, we have been given mercy. Through His humiliation, we have been given righteousness, and through His being cursed, we have been given life!
The Law tells us that we are not capable of Godly perfection. Grace tells us that we are made perfect through the sacrifice of another. Faith allows us to accept that grace.
What does your faith allow you to accept?