From The Book Abundance Grace – God Looks At Us Through Eyes Of Grace by Joel Osteen

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Topic: GOD LOOKS AT US THROUGH EYES OF GRACE

In Genesis we read that as man began to multiply on the
face of the earth, God saw that the wickedness of man was
great in the earth, and his thoughts were continually evil
(Genesis 6:5).

“So the LORD said, ‘I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them’ ” (Genesis 6:7).

God knows what is in a man’s heart. He knows our
thoughts (Psalm139:2).

Throughout the Bible, we learn that God looks at His people through eyes of grace. He looks at our hearts (Proverbs 21:2). He knows our motives, and when no one else can see anything attractive about us, He begins to move on our behalf.

“For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him” (2 Chronicles 16:9).

Have you ever considered a farm pasture in the winter months? Its grass is usually brown and unattractive very insignificant. In fact, you could pass that field day after day and not even notice it. But in the springtime, when the rains fall and the sun begins to shine on that field, the grass turns green and it becomes a lush pastureland.

That field is an example of the grace of God. You may feel that you are an insignificant person someone the world has never noticed. But God sees and loves you. The Son of God begins to shine upon you, and you not only become attractive to God, but to those around you. You begin to reproduce and bear fruit. Noah’s life was a demonstration of the grace of God. “But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.

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This is the genealogy of Noah. Noah was a just man, perfect in his generations. Noah walked with God” (Genesis 6:8–9). Noah may have been unnoticed by his generation, but he was noticed by God.

He may have been considered insignificant to those around him, but he was significant to God. The eyes of the Lord rested upon Noah, and when he began to hear God speak to him, he obeyed His voice. God showered His grace on Noah and spared him and his family from the destructive Flood.

Abraham found favor in the eyes of the Lord. “So he lifted his eyes and looked, and behold, three men were standing by him; and when he saw them, he ran from the tent door to meet them, and bowed himself to the ground, and said, ‘My Lord, if I have now found favor in Your sight, do not pass on by Your servant’ ” (Genesis 18:2–3).

The eyes of the Lord rested on Abraham, and similar to Noah, Abraham began to hear God speak to him. “I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you. And I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and your descendants after you” (Genesis 17:6–7). We are the seed of Abraham. God’s covenant with Abraham is our covenant.

When God looked at Abraham, He not only saw Abraham; He also saw you and me. “And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise” (Galatians 3:29). God saw us reigning in life as kings, heirs with Christ.

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