Why God Casts One Off – CAC Living Water Devotional
CAC LIVING WATER DAILY DEVOTIONAL GUIDE
Thursday, May 6, 2021.
TOPIC: WHY GOD CASTS ONE OFF
Read Psalms 44:1-26
1 We have heard with our ears, O God, Our fathers have told us, The deeds You did in their days, In days of old:
2 You drove out the nations with Your hand, But them You planted; You afflicted the peoples, and cast them out.
3 For they did not gain possession of the land by their own sword, Nor did their own arm save them; But it was Your right hand, Your arm, and the light of Your countenance, Because You favored them.
4 You are my King, O God; b Command c victories for Jacob.
5 Through You we will push down our enemies; Through Your name we will trample those who rise up against us.
6 For I will not trust in my bow, Nor shall my sword save me.
7 But You have saved us from our enemies, And have put to shame those who hated us.
8 In God we boast all day long, And praise Your name forever.
9 But You have cast us off and put us to shame, And You do not go out with our armies. 10 You make us turn back from the enemy, And those who hate us have taken spoil for themselves.
11 You have given us up like sheep intended for food, And have scattered us among the nations.
12 You sell Your people for next to nothing, And are not enriched by selling them.
13 You make us a reproach to our neighbors, A scorn and a derision to those all around us.
14 You make us a byword among the nations, A shaking of the head among the peoples.
15 My dishonor is continually before me, And the shame of my face has covered me,
16 Because of the voice of him who reproaches and reviles, Because of the enemy and the avenger.
17 All this has come upon us; But we have not forgotten You, Nor have we dealt falsely with Your covenant.
18 Our heart has not turned back, Nor have our steps departed from Your way;
19 But You have severely broken us in the place of jackals, And covered us with the shadow of death.
20 If we had forgotten the name of our God, Or stretched out our hands to a foreign god,
21 Would not God search this out? For He knows the secrets of the heart.
22 Yet for Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
23 Awake! Why do You sleep, O Lord? Arise! Do not cast us off forever.
24 Why do You hide Your face, And forget our affliction and our oppression?
25 For our soul is bowed down to the dust; Our body clings to the ground.
26 Arise for our help, And redeem us for Your mercies’ sake.
You sell Your people for next to nothing. And are not enriched by selling them (Psalms 44:12)
There is no doubt that God had been in love with the nation of Isreal right from the beginning. He made them a foretaste of the love He has for the whole world (John 3:16). It is quite unfortunate though, that the people shown this uncommon love failed to justify God’s love on them!. This, they did through serial disobediences, disregards and non- challant attitudes to God’s ordinances.
This made God to be angry with them. Through, His love for them was intact, yet He punished them (Amos 3:2). God has no favorite He cannot chastise! In fact, being God’s favorite’ makes Him not to spare you because He does not like you to be discarded immediately, and ultimately (Heb. 12:5-10)
Departing from God’s Way does not no one any good. Rather, it is invitation of God’s other side! One side of God’s greatness is of His mercy, grace and favour. His other side is terror, calamity and untold hardship. God knows how to cast His erring one off and He equally knows how to show him mercy, provided he repents. So dear friend, if you don’t repent from evil and wicked ways, God will not repent from unleashing the consequence of your act on you in due time! God is both good and severe Rom. 11:22.
God does not just cast you off, He also provides platform for you to return to Him. He is not delighted that you become estranged with Him. Return, repent and be revived now. Cease from straying away before He discards you. May this not be your lot.(Amen).
- Lord, do not cast us off.
- Lord, help us to do Your will, so that we continue to enjoy Your favours/mercy.
- Lord, please always correct Your children in love but do not cast us off.
EXTRA READING FOR TODAY:
1 Sam. 30:22 – 31:13; 2 Sam. 1:1 – 2:14; Luke
22:31 – 22:52.
HAVE A REMARKABLE THURSDAY…………..SHALOM