With You to Save You

         The children of Israel went through quite a lot of ups and downs throughout the Old Testament. Unfortunately, most of the downs they brought on themselves by turning from their commitment to serve God alone. However, as exasperated as God was with them, He never utterly forsook them. God would enumerate their sins to them, tell them all the punishment and discipline they were about to face, and then let them know He’d be there for them on the other side of it. An example of God’s word to the people at one of these times is found in the thirtieth chapter of Jeremiah.

  •  “I am with you and will save you,” declares the LORD. “Though I completely destroy all the nations among which I scatter you, I will not completely destroy you. I will discipline you but only with justice; I will not let you go entirely unpunished” Jeremiah 30:11 (NIV).  

          The children ofIsraelcould look forward to seeing God devastate the nations who had subjected them, but they also understood that they themselves would not get off scott free. Their own sin demanded payment.

          Nothing has changed. God is with us to save us too. He will handle all the adversaries that seek to tear us away from where God wants us to be. He has sent Jesus Christ as the payment for our sin and we can rely on that as having made us His children. But don’t get it twisted, God will allow the consequences of our willful disobedience to play out. As with the children ofIsrael, we will never, not be God’s children once we have Jesus, but know that disobedient children are dealt just discipline by loving fathers. God would be less than who He is as our loving Father if He did not chastise us when we mess up.

          Hebrews 12:7-11 says, “If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten? But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons… Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it” (NKJ).

         God is with us to save us, not just from the ultimate penalty of our sin, but from the foolishness of our own actions.

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©2011 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at www.sanewriter.wordpress.com. Also, periodically check in at www.LifeThatMatters.net to see what’s going on in the ministry.

 And pick up a copy of Sharon’s new book, Power Suit: The Armor of God Fit for the Feminine Frame, available at Christian bookstores, online, from New Hope Publishers, and from the Life That Matters Ministries’ website.

~ by sanewriter on November 11, 2011.

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