Grace or Wrath?

A morning reflection that came to me while listening to Scripture on the way to work.

We can either know God in his mercy, or know God in his wrath. Either way we will know Him. The choice is ours whether we receive and cooperate with His love, mercy and grace or if we don’t. The first scripture following is a prophecy against Ammon by Ezekiel, but the potential of God’s wrath can apply to all. The second is John’s recording of the words of Christ to Nicodemus. These are the words of the same God. If we reject His mercy, only His wrath can remain.

Ezekiel 25:7 “Therefore, see, I am stretching out my hand against you and giving you up as plunder to the nations. I will cut you off from the peoples and wipe you out of the lands. I will destroy you, and you shall know that I am the Lord.”

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.”

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The Fortress

“In God alone is my soul at rest;
my help comes from him.
He alone is my rock, my stronghold,
my fortress: I stand firm.”

Psalms 62:5-6

I crawl within this fortress called God. I close the gate and rest upon this rock. I think upon my weaknesses and petty plans. We are naught but dust before Him. But within this fortress I am at peace. Inside these walls I find comfort and consolation. This fortress is eternal. I can stand firm and assured within these gates.

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Turn away from vanity

It is ever so easy to waste so much time on what is useless. May we turn our attention away from our vanities and instead do what is profitable. When we put the needs of others ahead of ourselves we embrace the image of God that we are made in. When we selfishly choose to get lost in our own lives we deny God’s Truth and instead make gods of ourselves. Gods of weakness whose only power is to vainly pursue what we think will bring us fulfillment, but the end thereof is complete despair.

“Who may go up the mountain of the Lord ? Who can stand in his holy place? “The clean of hand and pure of heart, who has not given his soul to useless things, what is vain.” Psalm 24:3-4 (NABRE)

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Lord Forgive Us Our Pride

Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him? (James 2:5)

When we look down on others we elevate ourselves above them, and do not honor the life that was created in God’s Image! We reveal our lack of belief in what God has said through his Word. When we elevate ourselves, we stop elevating Jesus, and fall into a snare of the devil, putting ourselves in grave danger.

Lord,
Forgive us our pride, and help us to always see others the way you see them.

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