Thursday 22 November 2018
Read: Micah 6:6-16
Wherewith shall I come before the LORD, and bow myself before the high God? shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves of a year old?
Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, or with ten thousands of rivers of oil? shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?
He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?
The LORD’S voice crieth unto the city, and the man of wisdom shall see thy name: hear ye the rod, and who hath appointed it.
Are there yet the treasures of wickedness in the house of the wicked, and the scant measure that is abominable?Shall I count them pure with the wicked balances, and with the bag of deceitful weights?
For the rich men thereof are full of violence, and the inhabitants thereof have spoken lies, and their tongue is deceitful in their mouth.
Therefore also will I make thee sick in smiting thee, in making thee desolate because of thy sins.
Thou shalt eat, but not be satisfied; and thy casting down shall be in the midst of thee; and thou shalt take hold, but shalt not deliver; and that which thou deliverest will I give up to the sword.
Thou shalt sow, but thou shalt not reap; thou shalt tread the olives, but thou shalt not anoint thee with oil; and sweet wine, but shalt not drink wine.
For the statutes of Omri are kept, and all the works of the house of Ahab, and ye walk in their counsels; that I should make thee a desolation, and the inhabitants thereof an hissing: therefore ye shall bear the reproach of my people.
Human beings, right from Adam, have always loved to give one excuse or the other. Adam would want God to have him excused because it was Eve that ate and gave forbidden fruit to him to eat? Eve in turn, didn’t want God to punish her because the serpent lured her! (Gen 3:6ff) From that point, excuses became part and parcel of man’s nature. We try from time to time to give excuses that sometimes seem genuine, and most times not genuine. We give flimsy and undefinable excuses. We give this and that reasons for inability to get a piece of work done, make up a meeting, keep/book an appointment… and the list goes on.
The fatal issue on excuses is that God rejected and still rejects excuses. If someone would fail to cooperate with His Maker, Saviour and Lord at the right time, such will be excusable (Heb. 2:3). If the Lord Jesus sacrificed His position in heaven for the underserving, cursed earth’s sake, should He then be light and merciful on the recalcitrantly unrepentant ones (Rev. 7:1ff)? No. Never!
The way to be saved is conspicuously shown to all sundry. Even if there are some yet to hear the Gospel, not you! Because if you have never got the information, here lies it in your very hand. All that is incumbent on you now is to do the needful, God assisting you. Recognise yourself as a sinner. Appreciate Christ as your Saviour. Repent of and ask for the forgiveness of your sins. Accept Jesus as your personal Lord and Saviour. And, begin to enjoy His eternally inexhaustible provisions.
Remember, He has shown you, O man, what is good. Please, do accordingly.
1. Holy Spirit, deliver me from the spirit of flimsy excuses in relation to my life’s issues and relationship with You.
2. Lord, help me to do the right things at all times, so that I won’t need to be giving excuses to cover my ineffectiveness.
3. Lord, deliver Your Church from the satanic attack of procrastination when it comes to the issues of evangelism, missions and soul-winning.
EXTRA READING FOR TODAY: Ezekiel 17
Source: Living Water Daily Devotional