A “do-it-yourself” catalog firm received the following letter from one of its customers: “I built a birdhouse according to your stupid plans, and not only is it much too big, it keeps blowing out of the tree. Signed, Unhappy.”

The firm replied: “Dear Unhappy, we’re sorry about the mix-up. We accidentally sent you a sailboat blueprint. But if you think you are unhappy, you should read the letter from the guy who came in last in the yacht club regatta.”

Whenever we try to mix law and grace, we end up with just as much confusion. Those who study the Bible divide it into sections called dispensations. These dispensations point to the different ways God has worked with people over history. The problem is when we say people in a particular dispensation were saved by works instead of grace. Even though God has worked differently with people over time, He has always saved by grace through faith.

It’s great to know that God never changes, even though He works in different ways with different people at different times. You may have an unsaved loved one. Aren’t you glad God is faithful to save them if they’ll put their trust in Christ? You’ll never need a refund on this investment.

The Christian life starts with grace, it must continue with grace, it ends with grace. Grace, wondrous grace. — D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder