“Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God: on those who fell, severity; but toward you, goodness, if you continue in His goodness. Otherwise you also will be cut off.” – Romans 11:22
“We bend over backwards for you”, I can still hear my Dad saying as he looked down on an ungrateful and discontent child. We weren’t rich, but I had more than most kids growing up. But it was never enough. Now that I’m old(er), I can look back and see how I abused my parents.
Truth be told, I still find myself with an attitude of “What have you done for me lately” towards God. It’s usually in those times when I’m not getting my way or I’m looking around at what everyone else has or to see those who are taking advantage of God’s people and “seem” to be getting away with it.
The statement in Chapter 11 of Romans warns us to be careful to “continue in His goodness.” I take that as being thankful and content in the place God has me. I don’t have to like it but compared to most I’m blessed, and He’ll deal with the injustice in His time.
The picture I see drawn in this very difficult chapter in the Bible is to keep verses 33 – 36 as the key verse of the chapter.
“Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out! For who has known the mind of the LORD? Or who has become His counselor? Or who has first given to Him and it shall be repaid to him? For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen”
This is when we decide to get on the Bus and enjoy the ride, the best part of a bus trip is the old slogan “leave the driving to us.” The difference is that God is driving and is inviting us to climb aboard, only thing is follow Jude’s instructions in verses 20,21 “But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.”
So the answer to my question “What have You done for me lately” is “more than I deserve.” Amen!
Written by Rob Russomano: Rob Russomano is married to Terri, he is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and a full time staff member. He is also available as a speaker of the grace of God with a message of Hope for church events. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Daily Bible Reading: Psalm 37; Proverbs 7
Daily Quote: “”No matter what our circumstance, we can find a reason to be thankful.” – David Jeremiah
This Week’s Verse to Memorize:
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18