Devotion: Thursday, July 12 –
Among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others. But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us. Ephesians 2:3-4
We all by nature were children of wrath. In our own ability we were powerless to change that. BUT GOD, who is rich in mercy, was able, and willing, to change our state from being children of wrath to children of the Father. He purchased us and adopted us by the blood of His sinless Son. But God’s mercy doesn’t just apply to the time of our salvation, it covers us throughout our days. Although it has been 39 years since the Lord rescued me, I believe I am more grateful for His mercy today than ever.
As you go through this day, I would encourage you to meditate on these things:
The BUT GOD MOMENTS in your life. I got the bad health report – But God. The relationship was falling apart – But God. I made a stupid choice – But God. My child had walked away from the Lord – But God. In my 37 years as a pastor, I have walked with many people who seemed to be in hopeless situations. Yet, they made it through! How? Why? BUT GOD.
When you consider that person who gives great evidence of being a child of Wrath, remember, the Lord loves them and desires that they have a BUT GOD Moment also. Don’t condemn them, pray for them.