September 9, 2021

If his children forsake my law and do not walk according to my rules, if they violate my statutes and do not keep my commandments, then I will punish their transgression with the rod and their iniquity with stripes, but I will not remove from him my steadfast love or be false to my faithfulness. (Psalm 89:30-33)
Have you ever stopped and thought about all the “but God” moments in Scripture?
From the beginning of time, man has always missed God’s mark, making himself vulnerable to the consequences of their sin. Still, time and time again, the faithfulness and mercy of our Father God have allowed us to experience grace.
In (Psalm 89) God indeed demonstrated His grace in the case of David; God remained faithful to His Word. God’s covenant with David also remained faithful to His Word. God’s covenant with David did not change as a result of David’s sin. Although David faltered, God remained faithful.
It is hard to believe that elements of this same covenant are available to you and me to this day. Yet Scripture teaches that God loves us and desires a covenant relationship despite our sin. God’s faithfulness will not fail.
This does not mean that our sin goes without consequence. Sometimes we will experience the pain caused by our sin, while at other times, we will not. Occasionally we will be able to make restitution for our wrongdoings, but frequently this will not be an option. Either way, our sin has been punished as Jesus took our stripes, He was beaten with our rod, and He certainly is the rock of our salvation.
Friends, may we let God know how grateful we are that His graciousness is not based on our goodness. May we thank Him today for keeping His Word with us even though we have failed to keep ours with Him. Would you pray with me?
God, thank You that I can receive forgiveness at any point in my life, no matter how extreme or far I have strayed from You. I pray that You would forgive me for the sins I know I have committed, but also for the sins I am unaware of. Help me to receive healing from the inside out through Your love. Thank You in advance for Your work of redemption in my life and the power of Your Spirit. I pray that You would pour out Your Spirit on me and use me to be a blessing to others in my life. It is in Your Precious Name, I ask, Amen.

God Bless and have a Blessed Day, Friends <><

 

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