By David Craig
Have you ever had
something happen that was so good that you could not believe
it was true? How about so good you knew it was not
Yvonne recently made a
bank transaction at one of those twenty-four-hour, automated
teller machines. She noticed that the balance showed about
$3,500 more than we really had. That's when we knew it was too
good to be true.
In a later conversation
with a real live person, Yvonne was told that the indicated
figure was indeed our balance. When Yvonne insisted that it
was not our balance, she was told that maybe her husband had
made a deposit (Ha!). "Well, maybe someone was just being
nice," the teller suggested (Ha! Ha!). I know some nice
people, but nobody that nice.
Finally, a supervisor was
called. They searched out the deposit slip and discovered that
the money really did belong in someone else's account. I
wonder who was the more surprised, we or the people who would
have been $3,500 short?
As long as people have
anything to do with the world, there will always be mistakes
made. Some are more interesting than others, but we can count
on the fact that there will always be some.
God, on the other hand,
never makes mistakes. He never incorrectly debits or credits
an account. He never charges my sin to someone else, nor does
He ever miss a sin I commit. He never credits someone else's
good deeds to me, and He has also promised that the smallest
deposit, even a cup of water given to a child, will not go
If, however, as a
Christian, I would check my balance, I would find a strange
thing ~ an apparently enormous mistake. In the place of my
overwhelming debt is an infinitely larger balance. When I
inquire, I find that no mistake has been made. God has made a
deposit ~ the blood of His own Son ~ which has placed all of
His assets at my disposal.
calls this grace. It's too good to be true. But it is!