“For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.” (Hebrews 8:12)
I understand that at first glance today’s blog title may seem a bit pretentious. But it is not at all a statement of conceit, it is a statement of confidence…confidence in the love, mercy and grace of our God, who while we were at our worse He gave us His best (Romans 5:8)! This is the unfailing love our Father has toward us, and His love doesn’t change when we fail, or get in a mess of our own making, and neither does His grace. But when we fail, His grace actually increases tremendously (Romans 5:20). God demonstrated His love and grace throughout the entire bible for His children, every time they were in messes of their own making. The good news is — He doesn’t change (Hebrews 13:8). What He did for them, He is willing and able to do for you because God is not a respecter of persons…somehow, we are all His favorite! (Romans 2:11). Let’s take a look at a couple examples that the Lord gave us in His word which expound on the truths herein.
In the book of Ruth the story opens up with Naomi and her family fleeing out of Bethlehem (which literally translates to, House of Bread), and into Moab (a nation previously cursed) because of a famine (a scarcity of bread) (Ruth, chapter 1). The bible never says God led Naomi and her family out of Bethlehem. The Lord showed me that they let “need lead”, and Jesus specifically warned us not to fall into this trap of Satan’s, who wants us to worry over our needs. Jesus so lovingly told us that, God knows what you have need of, but seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness (the gift of righteousness Jesus gave us when He was resurrected from the dead), and all these things you need will be added to you (Matthew 6:33). You don’t need to chase after something that God promised will chase after you. God’s ways are: You chase after God and His righteousness and He will make the supply of all your needs, and even your heart’s desires, chase after you. Do you have a need today? A desire you long for God to fulfill? God is giving you the key to open wide that door. Do like the slogan of NIKE child of God and “Just Do It ! God said seek Him and His righteousness first…then get the need supplied. So just do it. Do it God’s way. The sooner you do it, the sooner those blessings will chase you down and over take you…and that is a promise from Jesus Himself! (WOW, didn’t plan on saying all of that, but I’ve yielded my will to God so that He can simply use me to speak to His people). Back to Ruth…after Naomi and her family let need lead them instead of the Lord, they ended up dying, and the only family member who went out of Bethlehem that was remaining to tell the story, was Naomi. Thankfully, she had her daughter in law Ruth who stuck closer to her than a blood relative, and was a dear friend to her (Ruth 1:6-18). God, who didn’t cause the mess Naomi was in, had provision waiting on her when she allowed the Lord to lead her back to Bethlehem. The famine was finished, and not only that, God also led Ruth to marry Boaz, a very wealthy man, and that entire family, including Naomi, went from weary to wealthy in nearly an instant! (Ruth, chapter 4). God cleaned up Naomi’s mess because He is a God of love.
We see God’s love cleaning up another mess, not His making, in the life of Jonah. Jonah was called by God to preach to a city of people in Nineveh (Jonah, chapter 1). Back then Nineveh was like a Sodom and Gomorrah, and Jonah didn’t want to have anything to do with a destiny and calling that led him to Nineveh, so he did what a lot of us have done…he ran from God. But since we cannot out run God, Jonah didn’t get very far. He did, however, get very deep…deep into trouble. When Jonah fled God’s will, he ended up on a ship with men who cast him overboard, and into the sea. But God was there ready and willing to help Jonah clean up his mess. God had a big fish swallow Jonah up, and saved his life in doing so. When Jonah experienced the grace and love of our God, who even helps us clean up the messes we make, Jonah went to Nineveh and preached to them like he was called to do (Jonah, chapter 3). The good news for us is that God is the same yesterday today and forever, and what He did for the children of God mentioned herein; He will do for us, but even greater! (Hebrews 13:8). Those people lived under the old covenant, which God found fault with (Hebrews 8:6-7). We, however, as Christians are under the new covenant…completely and totally forgiven and living under the unclouded favor of our Father and therefore, Daddy will do even greater cleaning up the messes we make!
“…God who is rich in mercy because of His great love with which He loved us…”(Ephesians 2:4)
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