Monday, June 7, 2010

Missing Grace

Its a new dawn, its a new day, its a new life for me
And I'm feelin good

I have been singing this Michael Buble song in my head all morning. Today is the first day in a while where we have ALL been feeling well! Praise the Lord!

I also had some quiet time today to dive back into the Word of God. How refreshing it is after so many days of "just getting by". I feel so wonderfully filled much so that I wanted to share.

In my study I have been looking at the lives of Jacob and Esau. I got stuck on these verses.

Malachi 1:2–3 (NIV)

2 “I have loved you,” says the Lord.

“But you ask, ‘How have you loved us?’

“Was not Esau Jacob’s brother?” the Lord says. “Yet I have loved Jacob, but Esau I have hated, and I have turned his mountains into a wasteland and left his inheritance to the desert jackals.”

WHAT? My head just does not want to grasp the fact that the Lord hated Esau. My heart cries out for mercy.

Then I read Heb 12:15-16

See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many. See that no one is sexually immoral, or is godless like Esau, who for a single meal sold his inheritance rights as the oldest son

Esau missed it. His heart was hardened by his immorality and godlessness and he missed God's grace!

(Insert stomach punch here)

That just took the wind out of me! As one who has known the saving and sustaining grace of God, I don't want anyone to miss it!

Jonah 2:8 says "those who cling to worthless idols forfeit the grace that could be theirs."

My challenge to you today (and to myself) is to pray for the Lord to reveal what "worthless things" you have been clinging to.

I know I did not have to think too long before a few came to mind.

Friends, don't miss God's lavish grace because you are holding on to worthless things!

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