My friend, may I ask you a question? Often when we run from God, do we feel it’s to escape his punishment? But are we actually eluding His rescue? God doesn’t punish those He loves. Even if He decides to teach us a lesson by our mistakes, does He do it to save us and not to hurt us? My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.
We have a Chocolate Lab named Jubbie. She is one of the gentlest dogs that I have ever known. If you look at her cross- eyed, she is liable to drop her head and look for the nearest corner in hopes that whatever she did it wouldn’t be serious enough for us to come looking for her. Recently, she and the other dogs were horsing around in the living room and one of the little wiener dogs came up yelping. Being the guilt-ridden dog that she is, she immediately took off down the hallway in full retreat, tail between her legs. I called after her, but she was bent on escape. Walking over to the hallway, I peeked around the corner. The moment she saw me she froze for an instant and then lit-out for her crate in a nearby bedroom, convinced that I was on a mission to punish and not comfort. When things go wrong and it seems like we’re in trouble with God, why is it that our first thought is often to run and hide; putting some distance between Him and us? (As if it really would make any difference?) It’s almost as if, even if God really meant to rescue us and not punish us, we don’t want to be rescued at all. Here’s a story: In 1981, a Minnesota radio station reported a story about a stolen car in California. Police were staging an intense search for the vehicle and the driver, even to the point of placing announcements on local radio stations to contact the thief. On the front seat of the stolen car sat a box of crackers that, unknown to the thief, were laced with poison. The car owner had intended to use the crackers as rat bait. As it turned out, the police and the owner of the VW Bug were more interested in apprehending the thief to save his life than to recover the car. (Unknown.) So often when we run from God, we feel it is to escape his punishment. But what we are actually doing is eluding his rescue. God doesn’t punish those He loves. Even if He decides to teach us a lesson by our mistakes, it is done to save us and not to hurt us. Jesus came to comfort us in our shortcomings and trials, not accuse us. That’s the devil’s doings. When you sin, there’s no harm in looking downcast; but there’s never cause for running, tail between your legs. "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own" (Matt 6:34) We pray. Lord, when we sin our first thought may be to run, hide and remove ourselves from Your presence because we are embarrassed, ashamed or even determined to hide our sin from Your sight. How foolish we are when we even think those thoughts. You know everything we do, even before we do it. There is no hiding from Your view. Forgive us Father when we try to cover up our sin in order to make ourselves feel better and remind us Father that despite the fact our sin displeases You and causes You great grief, You did not establish Your justice to harm us or punish us. We cling to Jesus and You see Your dear Son. Repenting, not hiding, we are forgiven because You love Him so much. Teach us Lord to always bring our sins before the cross of Jesus Christ in repentance, seeking only forgiveness and help to sin no more. In Jesus name. Amen! May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else. If you have a special prayer request, please send your request to "This Passing Day!" <firstname.lastname@example.org> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.
This week’s devotions are dedicated to a dog named Jubee. Od and sick, she passed from our lives. Jubee inspired this devotion and we are grateful for having had the opportunity of sharing our lives with her for the past fourteen years. We will miss you Jubee.