Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Devotion 3.23.17

Grace - Psalm 32

When do you get out of the hole that you dug for yourself?  You stop digging.  Isn't life like that sometimes?  Comedies are usually built on that formula.  Intentions to accomplish something (ask a girl out on a date, buy something for that special someone in your life, buy your parents that special vacation they've always wanted).  Then problems ensue as people get tangled up in the mess of their own plans until the bottom falls out, the truth is revealed, and people laugh along the way.  Yet sometimes it isn't comedic.  Sometimes it is far more serious.

Unfortunately, we may not even realize we are still digging that hole as they get deeper and deeper into the mess that exists.  Even worse, once we realize we are there, we don't believe there is any relief for the situation, the problem, the mess.  Who would understand?  Who could forgive such a thing?

In Psalm 32, David says it this way, "Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.  Blessed is the man against whom the LORD counts no iniquity.... You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with shouts of deliverance.  I will instruct you and counsel you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you." (1-2; 7-8)

Through Christ, God forgives the sin, He counts no iniquity.  We are cleansed, the blot is removed. "Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.  Through him we also have obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God." (Romans 5:1-2)

Quit digging.  Leave the hole behind.  You are a forgiven son of God having received the gift of grace through faith.  Our hope is in this grace.  Pray that we constantly remember that we have received this grace and share the good news of this grace with others.

Hope Men's Ministry

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