The law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ –John 1:17.
Research has shown that 98% of men do not follow directions when assembling furniture. (Ok, maybe that’s a slight exaggeration.) But imagine yourself looking at the picture on the front of the box, then at the pieces and hardware inside. Assembly always looks easy in the picture. And when you don’t follow the directions, it always ends the same way: three extra bolts and a crooked coffee table.
Why do we so often forgo the instruction manual? Usually, because the task looks like a no-brainer. We convince ourselves that it is somehow cheating to utilize the wisdom offered in the instructions.
As the people of Israel journeyed through the wilderness toward the Promised Land, they needed food. In answer to their need, the Lord spoke through Moses.
Behold, I am about to rain bread from heaven for you, and the people shall go out and gather a day’s portion every day, that I may test them, whether they will walk in my law or not. –Exodus 16:4.
These instructions were not complex. Gather one day’s supply of food every day. Don’t gather more than you need for today. Trust God to provide more for tomorrow.
Despite the simplicity, God’s people struggled to follow his instructions. Perhaps it looked too easy. Perhaps grabbing a few extra handfuls of bread seemed like a no-brainer. Maybe it felt a little like cheating to simply trust.
Like previous generations of God’s people, you and I have received instructions for a life well-lived. In scripture, God has shown us how to walk with him. Yes, the Bible includes commands, but it far more than an instruction manual. Instead, the Bible is a detailed description of what God has done for you, especially in his Son, Christ Jesus.
From our perspective, the grace of God can look too easy. Adding our own efforts looks like a no-brainer. We are tempted to think that it’s cheating somehow to place our sins and guilt on Christ Jesus and to receive his righteousness in exchange. Yet as simple as it sounds, that’s what it means to walk by faith. We simply trust that grace and truth are ours in Jesus
From the book “Man of God Walking by Faith”