SCRIPTURE FROM: Psalm 106:6-8 (NLT)
TEXT: 6 Like our ancestors, we have sinned. We have done wrong! We have acted wickedly! 7 Our ancestors in Egypt were not impressed by the Lord’s miraculous deeds.
They soon forgot his many acts of kindness to them. Instead, they rebelled against him at the Red Sea. 8 Even so, he saved them — to defend the honor of his name and to demonstrate his mighty power.
OBSERVATION: God delivered the Israelites from slavery and many evil things that were going on, yet they were so disrespectful and unthankful to Him in the Wilderness. However, instead of revenge, we are encouraged by the words ‘even so, He saved them’. This sounds a whole lot like what our God did for us. So let’s just stop and meditate on this for a while….
APPLICATION: There are stories out there that’s a whole lot better than mine, but I bet there are cases where God has been a lot more forgiving, because of your life’s circumstances also. The point is my friend, that all of us were either living deep in sin, or may even still be living a life of sin. Yet at one point in time God, in His awesome grace and mercy, concluded that at His expense, He would provide an easier and more understandable way for us to move from a life of sin, into a life of assurance, peace of mind and full assurance of our eternal destination. However, I’m sure that you would probably want me to say to the world that we’re a whole lot different to the Israelites and that we show a whole lot more appreciation for what God has done for us. But can I truthfully do that? I don’t think so, because after we walk away from our altar of forgiveness by God – through His Son Jesus, many of us have continued to act like the world when around our unsaved friends; we wrestle with giving to the church, because of all the horror stories we’ve heard from friends; we have no time or money for helping the poor, because we have our own opinion about what we should do with our hard-earned money; and the biggest challenge is this thing about being at church every spare moment we have. Saturday and Sunday is the only two days we have off work, and to expect us to attend church for one or two hours of that is really asking a lot. Really friends? These things sound kind of far out, but can you imagine how real they are for many in our circle of friends, or for many church attendees? Some have this calculated to the very time that they should spend under the instruction or teaching of the Word. So are we really that much better than the Israelites were? Ever stopped to think that God sent His one and only Son to die for us – even while all this, and more, was going on among His kids? I’m glad He did friends, and I hope that you will join me in rethinking the reasons why we refuse to do some of the things that may cause a sacrifice of our time or money, when we know full well that it could be for the eternal good of the Kingdom and/or to help a lost soul who might be otherwise destined for Hell. Jesus – a whole lot like us, even so, He gave it all for our sake. How much would we be willing to give in return?
PRAYER: Lord, we praise You and we magnify Your name on high for all that You have done for us, and continue to do for us each and every day. Lord, please help us to be more giving, more thoughtful and more loving, so that we might imitate You better in so many more ways. Lord You are good, and we praise You for who You are. AMEN!
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