The Job ParadoxWhen have you missed an opportunity to follow God’s guidance during a difficult time?
Top Music Videos
Monday March 24
Our young daughter has always preferred sleeping flat on her stomach and without a pillow. But last winter she developed a sinus condition, and the only way she could stop coughing during the night was if she placed her head on a pillow and slept on her side. Six years of lying flat on her tummy without a pillow had become a habit, however, and she would stay in that raised position for only a few moments before wriggling down and sleeping on her stomach.
Habits that we should change take time and intentional action to stop. In our instant-gratification culture, however, we often expect to see immediate positive results. Sometimes we lose patience with those who have come to believe in Jesus but still are dealing with bad habits. We support them for a while, but it doesn’t take long for us to place premature or misguided expectations on them.
The Israelites habitually grumbled against God and disobeyed Him so badly that He almost wiped them out (Numbers 14:11-12). Moses reminded Him that He is slow to anger, filled with unfailing love, forgiving every kind of sin and rebellion (v.18). Although the people of Israel rebelled against the Lord and His chosen leader, Moses pled for their lives and God did forgive them—even though the hard-hearted generation never saw the Promised Land (vv.20-23).
God was gracious to the Israelites and He’s gracious to us. The apostle Paul reminds us to be gracious to each other—tenderhearted, full of mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, making allowance for each other’s faults, and forgiving as the Lord has forgiven us (Colossians 3:12-13).
When we remember how God has shown grace to us, we’re able to show grace to others, loving and forgiving as we journey with each other in harmony (vv.14-15). —Ruth O’Reilly-Smith
In keeping with your magnificent, unfailing love, please pardon the sins of this people, just as you have forgiven them ever since they left Egypt (v.19).
Read Ephesians 4:1-16 to see the good habits Paul tells us to develop.
To whom do you need to extend grace today? Why is it so important for us to deal with our bad habits?
- The Job Paradox - When have you missed an opportunity to follow God’s guidance during a difficult time?...read more
- Begging the Question? - Do you ever feel pressure to share your faith in ways that seem awkward to you?...read more
- Fulfilled - Why is it important to view Old Testament laws through the lens of Jesus’ fulfillment of them?...read more
- Red Houses - What has God given you—time, finances, ability—that you can use to help someone in need today?...read more
- Tongues Afire - When have you recently endured the wound of another person’s words?...read more
- True Fellowship - What comes to your mind when you hear the word fellowship?...read more
- After 35 - What does it mean for you to rely on God in all things?...read more
- The Failure Wall - In what ways do you need to be prepared for encounters with spiritual enemies?...read more
- Worship 101 - What can you praise God for today?...read more
- Distance - What expectations do you have of fellow church members when it comes to meeting your needs?...read more
- Sarcasm and Sincerity - Do your words provide a safe environment for others?...read more
- Empty Spaces - What’s taking up space in your heart?...read more
- Showing the Way - How prepared are you to share your faith with others?...read more
- New Address? - Where’s the line between worrying and simply pondering a decision?...read more
- Real Stewardship - How are you using your gifts and talents to bring God to others?...read more
- Korah’s Redemption - How has God revealed His redeeming ways to you?...read more