Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Grace Makes Life Not Fair

I am thinking about "boomerang sins" today.

See, I read a blog today, and I have been reading Numbers this week.

This idea of boomerang sins basically means that we just keep falling into our old sins. We do the same stuff over and over again.

In Exodus, Leviticus, and Numbers, the Israelites have just been led out of Egypt. They have just been redeemed by Gods amazing goodness. They have seen amazing signs and wonders. For crying out loud, they crossed a sea right through the middle on DRY GROUND. You would think that they would never again doubt God's might or holiness.

But like a boomerang, they go right back to their old patterns of behavior. Every couple of chapters, they come crying to Moses and Aaron, "Why did you bring us here? You should have just left us alone in Egypt. We need this and that and blah, blah, blah!" They are such complainers. And they do it again and again. God shows His might and faithfulness, but it doesn't seem to stick.

But we do the same things.

We forget that God is enough.

We forget that He proved himself faithful before.

We forget that the God of the universe demonstrateS His love to us in that Christ Jesus died for us.

We go running after other things to satisfy us, to deliver us.

We slip back into the old sins that we say we are done with.


But here's the conclusion Jon Acuff came to:

"But we don’t get what we deserve. We don’t get what our actions have earned. We get grace. We get a God who rises to show us compassion."

Like a Relient K song says, "the beauty of grace is that it makes life not fair."

Thank you, God, for your grace. Thank you for your faithfulness, for being a faithful husband to your wife who plays the harlot. We love you Lord.

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