January 1, 2014
Genesis 9:23 (NIV)
But Shem and Japheth took a garment and laid it across their shoulders; then they walked in backward and covered their father’s naked body. Their faces were turned the other way that they would not see their father naked.
Walk backwards? Really? I’m not very good at it, but sometimes it may be what I need to do – look the other way out of respect. Two of Noah’s sons did not gaze, or even look at Noah’s sin and shame. Rather, they had the respect to look elsewhere, giving Noah a chance to come out of it. This was the same man who had “walked with God” and was said to be “a righteous man, blameless in his generation.” (Genesis 6:9) Now, on the other side of the flood, he fell. What does this say to me? If someone fails, I should respect them and give them that chance to come out of it. It’s called grace. Oh thank you, Lord Jesus, for your grace to me. Show me where I need to “walk backwards” to show grace to someone else.
How about you? Who needs grace in your life? Ask Jesus to give you the wisdom and _______ (whatever else you need) to offer grace to someone else.