For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly. (Psalm 84:11).
Early in scripture we see the very first one who was given grace in the eyes of God was Noah. When God saw the wickedness and mindset of man to be only thought’s of evil, He had to destroy His creation and thereby saving Noah and his family! (Genesis 6:5-8) And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them. But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.
It is hard to understand why it takes a time of weakness and suffering to feel the strength of God, but if there were no times of weakness then the comfort we have when we turn to Him would cause us not to know how much He truly cares for us! Paul was faced with many trials and after seeking the Lord was given an answer (2 Corinthians 12:8-10). For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
When we acknowledge who God really is it is easier to see why we need His mercy. There is nothing we can do on our own to gain Gods grace, but it is a free gift He has given us which we could never earn! (Ephesians 2:5-8). Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
When we look at the definition of what grace means it is easy to see why man needs this wonderful God given gift from above.
GRACE: To Pardon — Mercy shown — Divine favor — Privilege — Virtue from God.
The grace of God was upon our Lord as well, from the very beginning of His life! (Luke 2:40) And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him.