God is eternal and knows everything. That doesn’t mean He just knows everything in the past, but He knows everything in the past, present and future. Not only that, but He is control of all of those events.
When we think of God’s grace, we think of it from a human view of time and events. The Israelite people messed up big time and Moses threw the tablets that God had written with His finger to the ground. We see the grace in the fact that God gives them a second chance and that he has Moses participate in the construction of the 2nd set of tablets.
But, here is the deal: God knew they were going to mess up and Moses was going to break the tablets and, yet, He gave Moses the first set of tablets anyway! That is true grace.
When you look at your life and the ways you have sinned and you wonder can God make anything out of me, remember, He knew before you were born you were going to commit all of those sins, but He gave you life anyway. He gave you life because of what He knows you can become and the way you can serve and honor Him and walk in a relationship with Him. His grace doesn’t start at the point of forgiveness, His grace in your life started before you were ever born.
The law was to bind the people with God on a path to holiness – even as it was given, it was broken. God gave them another chance in grace
The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.
Remind me of God’s depth and power. His willingness to forgive, but His preservation of justice
bowed to the ground at once and worshiped, asked for forgiveness for the people
God is a person – not an idea or impersonal force, He has a mind and a will. He is willing to meet with me face to face and I should talk with Him every day and long for His presence