Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
August 18 Scripture Selection: Psalm 145-146
Food for Thought: Ps. 145:8, 9, 17, 18
Some people’s view of God is really skewed, and, sadly, that hinders their relationship with Him. To them, He is a mean, heartless power, just looking down from His throne, waiting to catch them doing some wrong so that He could whack them with a mallet. And He gets the blame for everything ugly and wrong that goes on in the earth. That is so far from the true character of God.
Even from the beginning, the Lord showed His love and mercy. After Adam and Eve ate of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, the Lord protected them from eating of the tree of life and remaining perpetually in the state of dying by sending them out of the garden and placing a guard to prevent anyone from entering it (See Gen. 2:9, 15; 3:6, 21-24). That was the first time ever that anything in the creation had ever experienced death because the Lord sacrificed at least one of His precious, innocent animals to make tunics and cover them as He sent them to face the elements outside the garden. Had the Lord been a mean, vengeful being, He simply would have crushed them or sent them out naked and barefoot to endure the harshness of the world.
Throughout history, the Lord remained in contact with mankind, always offering interventions and solutions. He had conversations with people, loving them despite their imperfections. He talked with people like Abraham and Moses as if they were friends (James 2:23; Ex. 33:11). And in the ultimate act of love and compassion, God sent His Son to make a way for us to have constant fellowship with Him. He sacrificed His own Son and sent Him to go to hell in our place so that we would never have to go there and so that we would spend eternal life with Him.
Through all our days the Lord shows us that He is gracious and full of compassion. And, oh, how slow He is to anger! He is good, righteous, and gracious all the time, and His tender mercies are over all His works, no matter their shortcomings. He is love (I John 4:8). And He is the loving, doting Father Who is available to anyone who sincerely calls on Him (Ps. 145:8; Zeph. 3:17; Mat. 7:8-11). When painful, difficult things happen that we do not understand, of this we can be sure: God is love, and He is good. The adversary, this cursed world, and imperfect people (including ourselves!) may have had a part in the agony, but it surely was not God desiring to see us suffer. We can know that beyond a shadow of doubt because we know Him.
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):
Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):