There is a difference between making a mistake and committing a sin.
Romans 15:4 perfectly captures why the Bible was written. Yet, many people lack knowledge for they do not read, learn, meditate, and study the scriptures. They lean on false teachings instead of opening the Bible. They get their learning from Hollywood, misinformed and misguided individuals/celebrities, instead of going directly to the Word.
It’s no wonder we are destroyed due to a lack of knowledge!
To reject the knowledge of the Word of God is to reject God. Today, open your Bible and seek knowledge.
God made the world without help. We were not there to give advice or guidance, so why do we want to dictate on God’s behalf?
God was the One Who laid out the blueprint, measurements, and details. The angels delighted in the Creator’s creative creation by singing and shouting for joy.
The world is not what it once was, but when Christ returns to reclaim what’s rightfully His, we shall rejoice as the angels. Even so, come soon, Lord Jesus.
What right do we have to complain about the punishment of sin we’ve committed? None at all. We tend to want His grace, but not His fair justice. We shouldn’t even be complaining about God, but to God.
Instead of complaining, and fretting, let us instead examine our hearts, ways, thoughts, and beliefs. Let us repent, and turn again to the Lord. Saying that we are of God is easy to say, but are our actions in sync? Being a Christian is an everyday affair, not a sometimes affair.
Instead of complaining, we should encourage ourselves in hope.
How many times have we rebelled against God? Countless! Yet, God is so merciful, He tends to forgive us, and start with us all over again, once we’re willing to let Him work.
So, what’s our excuse?
There are times that we may find God’s way tedious, and we turn away from His presence to frolic with the cares of the world, thus looking away from the temple.
It is when we get into a jam that we cannot get out of, we desperately cry out to God for help, thus looking again to God.
Are your eyes off the temple? Look again at the temple today, for when you do, hope blooms like a flower.
This month, I dwell on these wonderful characters of God:
“for He is gracious and merciful”: God brims and overflows with mercy. For those that hope in it, He delights in mercy and is ready to forgive when we humbly come to Him with a heart full of repentance.
“slow to anger”: God is ever patient when it comes to us, a trait that we do not deserve given our sins. However, God is long-suffering towards us by not stirring up His wrath.
“and of great kindness”: God could’ve left us to stew and die in our own sinful ways, but He did not; He sent us a Savior to die for us so that we can have everlasting life through Him (Christ).
Also see Exodus 34:6 and Jonah 4:2.
We live in a fallen world where the majority are against God. We see how anti-Christ movies, music, and books can be. Our thoughts and desires should be set on things above and not things of a fleshy nature.
God must be first always in our lives.
Christians are in the world, but not of the world, as we are called to be set apart.
Turn now from your evil ways.
God is not willing that any should perish. He is not distant as we tend to think. Return to Him and He’ll return to you.