Loving God

May 12, 2020

Word of the day: 38 But He, being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity, And did not destroy them. Yes, many a time He turned His anger away, And did not stir up all His wrath; 39 For He remembered that they were but flesh, A breath that passes away and does not come again. Psalm 78:38-39 NKJV

Reflect:

Do you see anything that is true in these two bible verses? One thing I see in verse 38 is how patient he is, full of compassion, regardless of our behavior. Anybody else sees the same thing? We can sin, have other gods before us, have our addictions, yet he is there for us.

Discussion:

There is someone in our life that it takes a lot to anger them. God is no different. He is slow to anger. This type of behavior displays patience, compassion, and love. Our mouths don’t open when things are going right. That is the best time for our mouths to be open when things are beautiful. We thank God for everything. When things are not going so well, take that time to pray. I notice a lot of people are good at protesting. Take the protesting skills that you have, and apply it to God in prayer, shouting amen and praising him. When things are not going so well, he is reshaping your life, teaching you something. Here is something that scares a lot of people, but doesn’t understand the good news of it. The people of Noah’s day were allowed 120 years to change their ways. Anything you needed to shift; God allowed that time to break in 120 years. There is no bargaining for extra time. In those times, 120 years is a long time, but people procrastinated as a result of God’s punishment. We don’t see the stopwatch. But the good news is, why depend on a stopwatch if you can take time to follow him and obey him now instead of waiting until the last minute? See Genesis chapter 6 – 11:32 for the story of Noah.

Takeaway:

Life is too short to determine how many years we will live. Take time with your loved ones. Obey God and fulfill as much as you can for God. When you accomplished all he wants you to do, you will be happier with the result.

Prayer:

Father, thank you for today. Thank you for your continued love and patience for us. We do all sorts of silly things, but you continue to stay patient with us. Continue to allow us to open to you for wisdom and the right way to follow you. Thank you for our fellowship. In Jesus’ name. Amen!

Author: Darren Watts

My name is Darren. I started sharing devotions in June 2019. As one of the ministry leaders at my church. One reason why I started devotions is because of the lack of inspiration and motivation in our lives. It is hard to be encouraged with a lot of negativity going around. I invite you to be encouraged by the word of God. Our struggles can be personal, at the workplace, and the lack of community in our lives. When we go through hard times, we need the word of God. Please read them and be encouraged. I also started a podcast talking about racism and discrimination. Please take a moment to check that out as well. Afternoon Coffee Break with Darren Watts.