A deep silence prevailed as John looked from his infant daughter to his minister, and back again. Tears filled his eyes. How clearly he saw the comparison! "How is it possible," he asked himself aloud, "that I can believe and trust my faulty fatherly love more than the Lord's infinite and perfect fatherly grace?"
Why is God's pure, free, totally gracious love such a deep wonder and treasure to those who experience their unworthiness?
God's willingness to call sinners to repentance and salvation is an indescribable wonder. Fallen sinners do not call or seek after God, but God yet calls and seeks sinners. No sinner deserves this; God's call is a purely gracious call.
When studying Genesis 3, a teacher asked his tenth grade class to read verses 8 and 9:
And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.
And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?
He then asked them the following questions. Can you answer them?
- "After man's fall into sin. did Adam seek for God, or did God call Adam?
- How do these verses show us the wonderful graciousness of God's call?
- How are these verses related to Genesis 3:15?
And I will put enniity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; It shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise His heel.?
Why is God's free, sovereign, electing love such a precious doctrine to those who have experienced something of their total sinfulness and unworthiness?