Monday, May 20, 2013

7 Things To Like About God Unless You Are Wicked.

Psalms 145
God is good to one and all;
    everything he does is suffused with grace.
10-11 Creation and creatures applaud you, God;
    your holy people bless you.
They talk about the glories of your rule,
    they exclaim over your splendor,
12 Letting the world know of your power for good,
    the lavish splendor of your kingdom.
13 Your kingdom is a kingdom eternal;
    you never get voted out of office.
God always does what he says,
    and is gracious in everything he does.
14 God gives a hand to those down on their luck,
    gives a fresh start to those ready to quit.
15 All eyes are on you, expectant;
    you give them their meals on time.
16 Generous to a fault,
    you lavish your favor on all creatures.
20 God sticks by all who love him,
    but it’s all over for those who don’t.

1. Everything God does is covered by grace.  Not some things, everything.  He is good to one and to all.  To the individual and the group.

2. God has power and it is for good.  Most people who have power it is for their good or for their groups good(it's called politics).  But God looks out for "the good."

3. God ALWAYS does what he says.  I do about 90% maybe 85% or is it 70% of the time, anyway the point is I am not God.  Neither are you.  With our best intentions we can not always follow through with what we intended, but God ALWAYS does.

4. God gives a hand to those who are down.  We evaluate why they are down. We will help them, but they must help themselves.  But God is not like that.  I am glad of that, cause most of the time I can not help myself.

5. God hits the restart button for those who are at their end.  God restores those who are at their game over.  To the losers he let's them try again.  To the defeated, He cries out, "New Game."

6. To the big eyed needy people, he prepares them a hearty meal.  Our plates are empty and we are holding them like beggars, and God sets the table with every good bit of food.  I don't have to struggle for daily bread I can ask for, and expect it.

7. God is generous to a fault.  We think there should be a limit on generosity.  Our generosity cart can only hold so much and if we use all of it, especially on those who haven't earned our generosity, I will  just be rolling with an empty cart with one bad wheel all of my days.  But God, if He has one fault, it is that He is just too generous.  I am kindof glad of that, how about you?

The wicked reject these 7 traits about God.  They want God to be the opposite of these things.

1. The wicked want God to only cover them in grace.  Or just give us what we deserve.
2. The wicked want God to do good for just them and not look out for everyone's good.
3. The wicked think God does what he says only when it is convenient.
4. The wicked want God to make sure the down stay down.
5. The wicked do not want God to give anyone another chance.
6. The wicked do not want God to provide for the hungry.
7. The wicked want God to limit His generosity, to them.

God rejects the wicked and the wicked do not like God.


Gloria said...

Verse 14-- God gives a hand to those down on their luck, a fresh start to those who are ready to quit.
There is always a but. Must this person who is down and quitting do something before God lends a hand. Won't God see them at the end of their rope and help them?
If I abandon them and don't help anymore is that wrong of me? Need some answers. Desperate to help but holding back to let God do something.

Todd Smith said...

I think they need to admit they are at the end of the rope, took me a long time to admit that. I keep climbing and trying on my own. I think of the woman with the issue of blood, she spent all she had to get better and never did. She finally just had to stop all that, push through the crowd and get to Jesus. I believe God is working in this persons life you are thinking of, they are probably still looking to their self and others to be their rescuer.

Every time you help them you are doing in the name of Jesus. We help people in the name of Jesus give a cool drink of water or a piece of bread in Jesus name. we are showing them that we depend on Jesus and they should as well. So we never abandon, we are generous to a fault like God, but we are also wise. We do not abandon we point them to something higher, greater than even our physical and emotional help. We go "In Jesus name."

Now we pray they receive and believe Jesus so they can join us on this God adventure and they start pointing people to where are help comes from.

We are just a beggar showing another beggar where to find bread.

It takes time, don't be worried at set backs, don't force things, God is God and is in control