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How Have I Wearied You?

December 16, 2019

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How Have I Wearied You?

“How have I wearied You?      Answer Me.”      This very pointed question  was asked by God Almighty  thousands of years ago,  in Micah 6:3.      God had repeatedly rescued  the Israelites  from all sorts of enemies  and slavery.      He had blessed them  with all sorts of blessings  as He made them prosperous.      He gave them a fruitful land  to live in.      He made promises  of a Savior  from sin.

In spite of all these blessings,  the people were tired  of God.      They took to idolatry  and all sorts of disobedience  to the word of God,  as they lived  like the heathens around them.      They simply didn’t like  the boring ways  of the Lord  any more.      God was in no way  unreasonable  in what He expected  out of His people.      In fact,  the LORD pointed out  to the people  in Micah 6:8,

And what does the LORD  require of you
But to do justice,  to love kindness,
And to walk humbly  with your God?

God doesn’t require the impossible  from us either.      He simply wants us  to live in a way  that is kind,  right,  and good — and to acknowledge  that He alone  is LORD and God,  our Redeemer.      It’s basically  to treat others  as we wish to be treated — and to have faith  in God.      Is that  what is so wearisome?

If we insist  on our evil,  self-centered ways,  we had better not expect God Almighty  to approve  of our ways  and to continue  to bless us.      Rather,  to those  who are sick and tired  of God’s ways,  God promises  that He will make them fail  and will eventually  give them up  for destruction.      Everybody suffers  as they live  in this sin-sick world.      But,  those who defiantly insist  on being unbelieving  and disobedient  will have to face eternal judgment.      All that,  in spite of God’s continuously loving  and faithful outreach  to wash away  all of our sins  in Christ Jesus.

So,  are we weary of God?      Are we sick and tired  of trying to live  in faith,  hope,  and love?      Are we preferring  to play the blame game — pouting that God didn’t give us  this  or that,  and thinking  we  might as well  look to some other god,  philosophy,  or cult  in this world?

If we are tempted  to feel this way,  we need to answer God’s question  to us,  “How have I wearied you?      Answer Me.”      If we are  in the least bit honest,  we will have to admit  that God has only shown righteousness  and love for us.      We are the ones  who continually  do wrong.

As we consider how very patient  God is  with us,  we need to remember Paul’s words  in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-19,

Rejoice always;   pray without ceasing;   in everything  give thanks;  for this is God’s will  for you  in Christ Jesus.      Do not quench  the Spirit.

God’s Spirit  is quietly reminding us  to be thankful  for all that God has given us — and to continue  putting our faith  in God.      We have no honest reason  to be weary  of God.      But,  in Christ Jesus,  we have all sorts of reasons  to, Rejoice always.”

As we remember  all that God has done  for us  in Christ , we say,  “Hallelujah!      Lord,  open our eyes,  ears,  hearts,  and minds,  so that we will be enabled  to face the truths  of Your faithful love  and grace  in our every need.”

Love,
Margaret

 

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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