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The Perfect Provision of God
1/19/2018

Behold, the LORD’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear. Isaiah 59:1-2 (NKJV)

Have you ever seen one of those crazy paintings depicting hell? You know the ones I am talking about; it’s those paintings with all these distorted faces filled with anguish.  It’s as if every face is being tormented.  Every arm is reaching up and every mouth is gaping open as if to say, “Lord, please save us.”  It is an eerie image depicting those who will spend eternity separated from God.

The Prophet Isaiah addressed the truth of this potential eternal separation plain and simply.  He clearly stated the truth when he said, God isn’t incapable of hearing and saving us; the problem is we have been separated from Him because of our sin.  Thankfully God wants to restore this relationship with us, and He did this by making a provision for our sin.  His perfect provision was His son Jesus.

If we are willing to acknowledge our sin, choose to repent of it, and receive and believe in Jesus as our personal Lord and Savior, our access to God is restored.  This happens because through the blood of Christ all sin has been paid for.  When we choose in faith to believe in Jesus, our sin is removed from us; it is as if it hasn’t happened (Ps. 103:12; Rom. 10:9-10).

Knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. 1 Peter 1:18-19 (NKJV)

I want to be perfectly clear here; God did not create any human being to be damned eternally, and He is not willing for any to perish in hell. 

The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9 (NKJV)

Every human was created to worship God. God has given every one of us the choice to accept His provision for our sin and to be reconciled unto Him. Unfortunately, many people, because of pride, will refuse His one and only perfect provision in Jesus (John 14:6; Acts 4:12).  By doing so, they will choose to live eternally separated from God.  

As Christian men and women the alienation spoken of in Isaiah 59:1-2 no longer exists. As believers in Jesus Christ we are a new creation and the old is passed away (2 Cor. 5:17). We must always remember that we have been forgiven, justified, and reconciled to God (Rom. 5:11). We have been given the benefits of His peace.  We have been given access to His grace, and we have been given joy, and a blessed hope in God through Jesus.

I want to encourage you to think and pray upon these things today. Thank the Lord for His abundant provisions. Choose to share this good news with others so they will experience His amazing love. 

STUDY QUESTION: According to the Scriptures in this devotional, what can we learn about God’s provision for our sin?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to share the good news of the Gospel message with another person today?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Seek the Lord and ask Him to bring someone into your life today and provide an opportunity to share Him with them. 

PRAYER: Father, thank You for Your Son, Jesus.  Thank You for making a way for us to be reconciled unto You.  Help me to share this good news with others today by providing me with an opportunity. In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

 

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 


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