The God Who Draws Us In

He made known his ways to Moses, his acts to the people of Israel.

The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.

He will not always accuse, neither will he keep his anger forever.

He does not treat us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities.

For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward those who fear him;

As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.                                    Psalm 103:7-12

 

I often wonder what people believe about God. Sometimes their “jumpiness” or restlessness before him cause me to believe that they have not focused on what God has said about himself.

When Moses received the tablets cut by the finger of God, God passed by in front of Moses and made a statement about himself, about who he is. Much of that statement is quoted in Psalm 103, in fact it is quoted over and over again in Scriptures. It is the defining statement of God.

Yes, God is a holy God. Of this there can be no doubt. But look at the focus God makes when he is establishing his relationship with Israel. Merciful, gracious, slow to anger and abounding in mercy. His focus is not on how to push us away, rather it is on how to draw us to him.

Take all of our sins; past, present and future… put them on the most powerful missile, launch them to the deepest part of the universe, galaxies, light years away, into a dark hole that we will never find… he sent our sins away from us.

No lingering guilt, no hint of a shadow, no tinge of dirt remains. God removes it, cleanses it, and takes it away, all so there is no impediment to our ability to enter into deep relationship with him.

The longing of God is not your faultlessness, it is you. He provides your ability to stand in his presence with great joy, trust that. Stop listening to the whispers of Satan and hear the word of God.

 

 

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About Checking The Mail

I am Carl Feril, a minister and Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist. I am married to Janet, who is far better than I deserve, and have two wonderful sons. CW is living in Waterloo, KS and is married to Kelly through whom I have 4 step-grandsons and 10 great-grandkids. Orrin lives here in St John and is married to Meagan, and they have Jayce and Mara. God has blessed me beyond measure and I hope to share all those blessings with others.
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