May 4, 2017

May 4, 2017


Focus Verse: So Saul died for his trespass which he committed against the Lord, because of the word of the Lord which he did not keep; and also because he asked counsel of a medium, making inquiry of it, and did not inquire of the Lord. Therefore He killed him and turned the kingdom to David the son of Jesse.
1 Chronicles 10:13-14


When we walk out of the presence of the Lord, we no longer carry His blessing with us. Every promise that He has made to us, every good and perfect thing His will has in store for us, it’s all null and void if we aren’t following His will. Saul found this out the hard way.


We have to make one clear distinction here before we move on. This DOES NOT mean that you won’t go through trials. The New Testament Church knew this well. What it does mean though, is that your trials have a purpose. God has some good planned on the other side of them. If you aren’t following God, then when life sucks, that’s all there is to it. God is the only One that gives difficult season in life a purpose and a meaning.


Back to the bulk of today’s topic. Saul walked out on the promises of God by being disobedient to Him. Believe it or not, that isn’t what got him the boot from God’s presence. If that were the case we’d all be toast. Saul’s problem came when he continually refused to turn away from his disobedience, acknowledge he’d messed up and come back to God for forgiveness.


David, who took over as King of Israel after Saul, made plenty of mistakes, but he always repented and turned back to God. It’s that humble heart that God desires. It’s that trust in Him to take us back and empower us to do what we can’t on our own.


So the question becomes, why? Why is God always so quick to take us back when we ask for forgiveness? If you want to get real, a perfectly holy, all-powerful God who demands justice would be better off smiting us than trying to save us. At the minimum, He should have cast us out of His presence for failing to live up to our end of the deal.


And He did.


Jesus Christ took on our punishment on the cross, but the worst part had nothing to do with the physical death that He suffered. The most excruciating part of Christ’s sacrifice, the only part in the Gospel account of His crucifixion we are told that He cried out, was when God removed Jesus from His presence because of our sins.


THAT is the reason God is so quick to forgive us when we turn to Him. THAT is why we can be reconciled to Him. THAT is why we never have to be afraid of God turning away from us. Any trial we go through is God growing us, not God turning away from us. Because God turned away from Jesus, even though Jesus did nothing to deserve it, He will never turn away from us. His presence is with us wherever we go, Jesus made sure of that!

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