Friday, July 24, 2009

This Week's WORD

"Do not be afraid," Samuel replied. "You have done all this evil; yet do not turn away from the LORD, but serve the LORD with all your heart."..."Be sure to fear the LORD and serve him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things he has done for you."
1 Samuel 12:20&24
Israel has turned away from God time and again. The people have cried out to Him for mercy and He has saved them.
Now, in 1 Samuel, Israel is demanding a king. The people of Israel want to have a king so they can be just like all the surrounding people. And even though God has warned them about what life will be like under this king, even though Israel is rejecting Him as their king, they want what they want.

The thing that strikes me about this week's WORD is the hope in Samuel's statement. Even though the Israelite's had done evil in the eyes of the LORD, they could still turn back to God and serve Him. They still had a chance to be faithful to Him. He would still receive them, if they would come!
And so it is with us, my friends.
Have you ever turned your back on God? Have you ever felt as though you've done something so horrible that you are now disqualified from the love and mercy of God? Do you think He won't want to take you back???

The LORD your God is madly in love with you and He wants nothing more than for you to be in a faithful relationship with Him.
Do not be afraid. Serve Him faithfully. And remember what great things He has done for you.

May His grace carry you today. See you back here Monday!

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5 comments:

Daveda said...

Thanks Karen! Because of what Jesus has done for me, I have God's favor and power in my life daily! Wonderful post!

On Purpose said...

Thank You God for being 'madly in love with me' its such an amazing feeling...and may it truly carry me through!

Sarah Dawn said...

His grace, dump it on me today Lord!

Thanks for blessing me with His presence today.

Blessings from Costa Rica,
Sarah Dawn

Amanda said...

Well, one good thing about the weird website with our blogs is that I got really caught up on your thoughts!!!

I just love your faithful heart.

Blessings~
Amanda

Madeline said...

I never cease to be amazed by how faithful He is even though I am so often unfaithful...He IS ever present.....Thanks for sharing it is such a great reminder!!