"How soon We Forget." Psalm 106:13-15 on this week's Word of Grace Devotion with Pastor Joe Marquez.
The Word of Grace Devotion for the Week of November 7, 2016
How Soon We Forget
Psalm 106:13-15, “But they soon forgot his works; they did not wait for his counsel. 14But they had a wanton craving in the wilderness, and put God to the test in the desert; 15he gave them what they asked, but sent a wasting disease among them.”
Beloved, there are times in our lives when we forget the Lord’s goodness towards us. This forgetfulness leads to three things.
(1) Forgetting leads to impatience, and ultimately rebellion. Even though the children of Israel had just witnessed the miraculous 10 plagues of Egypt and escaped 400 years of slavery, they soon forgot His many acts of kindness to them. Psalm 106:13-14 says, “But they soon forgot his works; they did not wait for his counsel. 14But they had a wanton craving in the wilderness, and put God to the test in the desert.” Repeatedly, the children of Israel forgot the miracles God had just done for them, and they grumbled, wanted to turn back, and demanded new leadership.
(2) Forgetting makes us do foolish things: How quickly the people forgot what God had done! Forgetting causes us to get impatient and not wait on His direction. Impatient people do stupid things- Psalm 103:14, “But they had a wanton craving in the wilderness, and put God to the test in the desert.”
(3) Forgetting ignites God’s anger. They forgot God, their Savior, who had done such great things, such wonderful things ... such awesome deeds so God…Psalm 103:15, “he gave them what they asked, but sent a wasting disease among them.”
All of us can say that God has done great, wonderful, and awesome things in our life. But when the next trial or test comes, are we quick to remember what God has done or do we worry and fret about the future? May we be like King David who said in Psalm 103:2, “Praise the Lord, I tell myself, and never forget the good things He does for me!”
I pray that you will have a blessed week! I love you and I will be praying for you!
The Word of Grace Devotion for the Week of October 31, 2016
The Lord Knows
Psalm 103:14- “For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust."
Beloved, there is One who knows everything about everything and everyone. Of course I’m not talking about Google but about Almighty God! God is omniscient, knowing everything about everything and everyone. He knows it all.
In His Omniscience, He knows the worst about us. In fact, it was while we were at our worst that he sent His Son to save us as Romans 5:8 says, “but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” God knows all about the skeletons in our closet and He's not shocked. Psalm 103 says, "God knows our frame and He remembers that we are dust." I must tell you something: God doesn't have a high expectation of dust.
God also knows us at our best. He knows what other people don't know. They might know about one little thing you did wrong, one problem you had, but they don't know about all the other good stuff you've done and they certainly don't know the motivation of your heart. God does. In First John it says, "If our heart condemns us, God is greater than our hearts and He knows all things." He knows the worst about you; He knows the best about you.
And, since He knows everything, He knows what He's going to make out of you in the future. He knows that. When He looks at you, He doesn't just see the imperfections in you; He also sees the finished product. The Bible says, "We are His workmanship." He sees the finished work of art.
Beloved, God knows it all! He knows the worst about us. He knows the best about us. And He knows what He is going to make out of us! The only He requires of us is that we be a willing vessel. Lord, make us a willing vessel!
Ephesians 3:20-21, “Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”
I pray that you will have a blessed week! Remember that you are His workmanship created unto good works! I love you and I will be praying for you!
In his Strong Love’