The Old Testament is filled with warnings against disobedience to God. One can hardly read a few chapters before seeing “the people again did what was evil in the sight of the Lord”.
It is frustrating to read of the multiple miracles God does over and over for His people, only to be forgotten and not praised. How could they possibly forget God’s mercy, His sovereignty?
And yet, my own story reads quite similar.
So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members.Romans 7:21-23
How deserving I am of God’s wrath and frustration. The grace I receive instead is truly a glorious testimony to the compassion of my Lord.
Praise! For the very sin I hate in my life was defeated before my birth by the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ!
So, why? Why must I return to a jail of sin when the cell door is wide open? Why pretend to be shackled when my chains have truly been removed? How to avoid such the very thing Christ died for?
All my weak days have have a common cause — I have neglected communion with God through my neglect of the scriptures and prayer. When will I learn?Paul Washer, Founder of HeartCry Missionary Society
I love this quote and the truth it carries. God has gifted me with the power of self-control and desire to obey through the presence of the Holy Spirit. To avoid the things I hate, I must live in and by that which I love — the word of God.
For all who can relate, let us pray for one another. May we remain steadfast in our prayers and study of the bible. May we find peace in God’s mercy and strive for a strong relationship displayed in works.
Lord, help me die to myself every day. Help me to choose you and your will above any selfish desire of the flesh. Lord, I repent of my daily sinning! Help me, oh Holy Spirit, in this fight. Pour into me a hatred for all evil, a heart with compassion, and an eagerness to serve! Amen