Meditation for Monday

Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound. Romans 5:20

In 1970, a group of Soviet scientists began digging and drilling a well in Murmansk, Russia. When they finished their work 24 years later, they had reached a depth of 12,262 meters (about 7.5 miles). Despite incredible difficulties, they managed to complete the deepest hole ever made by man, although the Kola Superdeep Borehole measures little more than 20 centimeters wide at the bottom. More than halfway down, they were amazed to find fossils of some two dozen types of plankton. They found the rocks hot down there, about 175 degrees Celsius. So hot they had to abandon their original goal of 15,000 meters. They also found water down there – steam at that temperature. But interest in it has vanished. If you go to the site now, you will find a crumbling, abandoned shed, and in the middle of that, a rusting cap over the hole. The Kola Superdeep Borehole is the deepest well ever made by man, but there is an even deeper and vastly more satisfying well that God provides, the well of His superabounding grace. And interest in it will endure for all eternity.

There is no doubt that sin abounds. From death and sickness to crime and cruelty, from disobedient children to destructive adults, from hatefulness and selfishness to dishonesty and apathy, sin abounds. The depravity of man has spiraled downward ever since Adam’s fall, and there is no sign of it coming to a halt. Only from God’s perspective is it visible that sin is actually finite. But against the finite slagheap of sin stands the infinite backdrop of the amazing grace of God.

We can never – in time or in eternity – measure the grace of God: ‘That in the ages to come He might shew the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us through Christ Jesus’ – Ephesians 2:7. His grace is vastly superior to the puny grace that man can bestow. As humans, we can show a measure of grace to others, usually out of a sense of guilt for our own faults, and often in response to grace shown to us. But God’s grace knows no measure, and is dispensed regardless of what we are, not because of what we are. Even in the Old Testament, God declared his grace to His people: ‘The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin’ – Exodus 34:6-7. And in our own day, in what we so often refer to the age of grace, we acknowledge our salvation is of grace: ‘For by grace are ye saved through faith’ – Ephesians 2:8. And that grace was extended to us for the salvation of our souls at conversion’s day, is extended to us for the salvation of our spirits every day, and will be extended to us for the salvation of our bodies at the rapture of the saints.

How wonderful to know that the depth of God’s grace to us is beyond our sounding, and to know that its depths will be our delight to explore for all eternity! -Jim MacIntosh

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