Sunday, May 28, 2017

From the Heart: Don’t Take God For Granted

Who delivered us from so great death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that He will yet deliver us; Ye also helping together by prayer for us, that for the gift bestowed upon us by the means of many persons thanks may be given by many on our behalf.

2 Cor. 1:10-11

The older I get, the more I marvel that I am still alive. As a youngster growing up I never thought much about dying. Yes, I took life for granted. Growing up on a farm in Tennessee I would sometimes go swimming alone in a nearby creek. Even if it had rained and the water was high, me and my horse and my old dog Rusty would plunge right in and swim to the other side. I’ve swung from ropes into fifty foot deep water and dived from trees high above the river. “No big deal” or so I thought until one of my friends drowned at the age of sixteen.

I’ve survived several automobile wrecks, a failed parachute jump while in the Army, a bout with mumps/meningitis and other such close calls. But I’m still alive. God didn’t let any of these things take me from this world. I trust God and I know he has his reasons for keeping me here even though it probably would have easier sometimes to just let me go. I believe our God has a purpose for each of us and I pray that he will guide me to that purpose and help me to accomplish it, whatever it might be.

All that being said, we should never take God’s blessing of deliverance for granted. We should not presume on God, thinking that He will protect us no matter what we do. It is possible, according to Ecclesiastes 7:17, for the wicked and foolish people to die “before their time.”

Paul lived confidently, but he wasn’t fool hearted or reckless. He asked God’s people to pray for him. On one occasion he allowed friends to help him elude his enemies who tried to capture him in Damascus. (2 Cor. 11:32-33)

We should always remember that God cares for us and he gives us comfort and confidence. But we have a responsibility. We must be careful! The unmistakable message from scripture to all of us is this: You are cared for, but be careful!

There is a little poem attributed to D.J.D. which seems to fit.

The hand of God protects our way

Through danger and through ill,

So let us not presume on Him,

But seek to do His will.

PRAYER:

Thank you, Lord God, for all your love and protection. For You have created this beautiful world that we now live in. And we enjoy seeing You in the beauty of your creation. And Father we believe that you have set before us a purpose and a plan. I pray that You will open our eyes and our hearts to always strive to do Your will. Thank You Father for Jesus, your Son and our Savior, who suffered and died on that cruel cross at Calvary that we can have forgiveness of our sins and a hope of heaven.

In Jesus Name, Amen!

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