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Abundance

There’s never an end to the goodness of God.

The Bible is overflowing with description after description of God.

One can learn God for a lifetime and never reach the end of Him.

God is our strength and refuge.

Psalm 46:1 NKJV — “God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.”

Story after story is listed in the Scriptures of how God gave both strength and refuge to the people Israel and many individuals.

God sees the heart.

He knows the truth of every matter.

When we are wronged we need not defend ourselves.

Psalm 59:9 NKJV —” I will wait for You, O You his Strength; For God is my defense.”

He is the Judge.

Psalm 50:6 NKJV —” Let the heavens declare His righteousness, For God Himself is Judge. Selah”

His verdicts are always best.

God is the King of all kings.

Psalm 47:7 NKJV — “For God is the King of all the earth; Sing praises with understanding.”

He was before them all, and will be here when their histories are forgotten.

God is holding our very lives.

He wants to help, guide, and direct each person.

Psalm 54:4 NKJV — “Behold, God is my helper; The Lord is with those who uphold my life.”

Jesus is the Savior.

Psalm 62:7 NKJV —”In God is my salvation and my glory; The rock of my strength, And my refuge, is in God.”

What can mankind ultimately do if one’s soul is safely in the hands of God?

There is no pain which lasts past the grave if the soul is safe with Jesus.

Psalm 68:20 NKJV —”Our God is the God of salvation; And to GOD the Lord belong escapes from death.”

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”
John 3:16‭-‬17 NKJV

What an incredible picture of God we see in only a few verses.

And there’s so much more.

Praise the Lord!

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for showing us Yourself. Thank You for giving us the Word that we might learn about You. Thank You for coming in flesh to save us from sin and eternal separation. Please, continue to open my mind to Who You are. Please help me to live out these truths. Thank You, Jesus for Your goodness!

Judge

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It was floating out of the radio,

“Rumor has it there’s a gavel in my hand…”

The song was singing as if God spoke,  explaining all the misconceptions about who He is and how He feels about you and I.

Then this morning I read Ps 21.

“Though they plot evil against You and devise wicked schemes, they cannot succeed; for You will make them turn their backs when You aim at them with drawn bow.” 11-12

-sigh-

As a Mom I find it super tough to explain the complicated facts about God, Whom I have so much to learn from still.

How can a loving God judge those who “don’t know any better? ”

Well,  they do.

Too many children have said, “That’s not fair!”, for the belief to follow that one doesn’t know what is right and wrong.

It does follow that children who are allowed to walk in things they know are wrong will eventually stop feeling the twinges of guilt, the sting of unfairness.
As a Mom and a teacher to see one wrong any child brings out a feeling of disgust (especially when I am the one who has trespassed).

And so in returning to the question I realize it’s backwards.

How can a loving God not punish those who harm others, especially when the continuation of wrong brings about the searing of understanding in what hurts another?

Would I  stand silently by and watch someone show my little girl videos of people being murdered?

Would I  ignore the bully who pushed my son into the dirt?

Would I  walk away as a man attempted to harm our teenage daughters?

NO! NEVER!

I would do everything in my power to stop it, to keep the attempt from occurring in the first place.

If it were to happen I would seek punishment for the one who wronged them in an attempt to get the one responsible to change and to allow my child to understand that what occurred was wrong.

I would also forgive because that’s what God does for me.

I would be happy to see a turning away from the things that caused the hurt in the one who harmed my child.

If I can feel all of this how much more our Heavenly Father Who created each of us?

So God is a judge, but He is a loving one Who has done everything possible to turn us from the way of evil.

He even sent His Son to die and be raised again so we might have hope.

We don’t have to be the evil ones of yesterday, we can choose to die to those things and be raised in the new life of Christ!