Then Samuel said to all the house of Israel, “If you are returning to the Lord with all your heart, then put away the foreign gods and the Astartes from among you. Direct your heart to the Lord, and serve him only, and he will deliver you out of the hand of the Philistines.” – 1 Samuel 7:3 NRSV
If you are like me, a follower of Jesus, then you and I have answered this question of choice and if I am honest – I have to choose everyday and every day I have to choose Jesus. For me, if I do not, I find myself being okay with certain weaknesses and falling for certain temptations and then declaring them to be in the realm of grace
What then are we to say? Should we continue in sin in order that grace may abound? – Romans 6:1 NRSV
The answer is definitely a big NO! So what is my problem, why do I think it is okay?
But they did not listen or incline their ear, to turn from their wickedness and make no offerings to other gods. – Jeremiah 44:5 NRSV
I find my relationship with God falls into a pattern, a grove, a comfortable “method” or “process” and as busy as I am in adoration, confession, thankfulness, and supplication – I miss the most important part of any relationship – listening. While I have been busy talking, I forget to listen – how does God want to respond to what I have just said or how does He want to engage Himself into my day? I do not know and maybe I don’t because in some weird moment of time – I might admit that I do not want to know.
I think you know where this is going – throw in some trouble and what do I do? Yes, I call on God. This is where it get’s tricky – I feel that since I did not spend much quality time with Him that I do not deserve to call on Him. Wow – so simple to get pushed even further away from God. But I know this – His grace is sufficient and as my Heavenly Father, He cares. I can always call out His name and He is there.
The Lord answer you in the day of trouble!
The name of the God of Jacob protect you! – Psalm 20:1 NRSV
Lord, if I have to forgive others as much as You have forgiven me, that is a whole lot more than 70 x 7! How thankful I am for your grace, but more thankful that You never allow the Holy Spirit to leave me – I am convicted of my sin and I find my way back to You. I bless You for Your faithfulness – thank You for Your protection. I can always count on You. I pray that my faithfulness will grow as we grow in our relationship together and that I would rather do the things You would like me to do as opposed to the things I want to do for myself. Thank You for bringing me into Your space and allowing me to be a part of Your family.