|Today’s Scripture: To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgivenesses, though we have rebelled against him; Daniel 9:9|
|What has God done for you? Well, it starts with creating you. He created a perfect world for us, and placed Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Yet, we rebelled against Him. He had given one command – to not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, and yet we couldn’t resist the temptation of the serpent.
God promised a savior would come who would bruise the serpent. (Genesis 3:15) He then instituted the sacrifice to show the payment that was required because of sin. Cain slew Abel because he was angry that God had not accepted his sacrifice, even though he rebelled and offered something contrary to what God required.
The world continued to get worse until Genesis 6:5 says, “And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” We had gotten to the point where every imagination was evil. God was going to destroy mankind, but “Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.” God then provided an ark to save us from the flood.
God must punish sin because He is just, but if He weren’t merciful, none of us would be able to stand. Psalm 130:4-5 says, “If thou, Lord, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand? But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared.”
His mercy goes so much beyond this life though; He offers forgiveness of sins. We deserve to spend eternity in the lake of fire because of our sins. However, God has sent His Son to die for us while we were sinners. We continually turn against Him, but He has never stopped loving us. He is continually merciful toward us and is always ready to forgive.
Even as Christians we fail. 1 John 1:8-9 says, “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” God is always faithful to forgive our sins.
Remember, God is a God of mercy and forgiveness. Thank Him for all He has forgiven you.
Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder