Passage: Psalm 103 (NCV)
Today: God is good, when He says “No”!
29 Then I said to you, “Do not be terrified; do not be afraid of them. 30 The Lord your God, who is going before you, will fight for you, as he did for you in Egypt, before your very eyes, 31 and in the desert. There you saw how the Lord your God carried you, as a father carries his son, all the way you went until you reached this place Deuteronomy 1, NIV 84) emphasis added
When Jacob met God at Luz (Bethel) on his running away from his parental home, He said “Surely the Lord is in this place, but I did not know it.” (Gen 28:16, NCV)
Many a time, we forget God’s presence in places we are/we go to!
The same God who did great things for us in the past, will do it for us in the future!
God deals with us/follows us as a loving father; God disciplines, but not destroy; as long as we put God ahead of us in things small and big, there is no reason to fail; our pride and ego is what leads to failure
Whenever Israelites faced oppositions they could not handle, and when they cried to God, God came to their rescue; many a time, we fail because we are not humble enough to call (upon) God. We are like “I can do it on my own”!
Sometimes people try to do some repairs on their own, and then find that they cannot; at that point, it will be too much to call another person because it is double work now; it is better to involve God in everything we do
God is watching each and every step of ours, and is waiting to come to our help 24/7. He is just waiting for that one call from us, because He respects us and our privacy.
13 As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him; 14 for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust. (Psalm 103, NIV 84)
In the scripture from Deuteronomy 1, we see Moses speaking, before the Israelites entered the promised land. In psalm 103, we read that the Lord made His ways known to Moses; the Lord loved Moses so much! yet, when it came to justice, Moses could not enter Canaan!
7 He made known his ways to Moses, his deeds to the people of Israel: (Ps 103, NIV 84)
Do we just take God for granted? Do we give ourselves “O.K” to continue in sin, thinking God will also give “pass”?
We run away from God like the little child who runs away from the father, saying “I won”! But the father runs and grabs that child before it gets into the street or into danger! Thank God for all those “catches/stops”!
If He hadn’t caught us or stopped us, we would have been in big dangers!
The other day, a brother in church shared: “It was God who closed certain doors before us, because those were not good for us”
Looking back, I could say “Amen” to it
Not that it was God who closed all those doors before us; but many were God’s plan. Even though there were some “material prospects” or “pleasures” in some of them, God saw the chances of us falling into sin or complaining later; so God closed them!
Just thank God for everything instead of complaining; Dad will open new doors!
Have a blessed day!
Prayer: God, you are good, loving and caring; you provide, protect, guide and keep me. I have no reason to by-pass you because you; you know and do it better. Sorry for all the grumbling and complaint, when(ever) you said “No”! In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen
When God says “No”, it is proof that “Dad” is not done with us!