Don't take grace for granted!

Week beginning: 6th May, 2018 | By Esther Harrison | Nottingham

"Moreover all these curses shall come upon you and pursue and overtake you, until you are destroyed, because you did not obey the voice of the LORD your God, to keep His commandments and His statutes which He commanded you…

"Because you did not serve the LORD your God with joy and gladness of heart, for the abundance of everything, therefore you shall serve your enemies, whom the LORD will send against you, in hunger, in thirst, in nakedness, and in need of everything; and He will put a yoke of iron on your neck until He has destroyed you…You shall eat the fruit of your own body".

Deuteronomy 28:45-53 (NKJV)

When I read these words recently, I felt like I had been punched in the face. The wrath of God toward those who disobey Him and are ungrateful is powerful. Deuteronomy 28, as befits the book of the law, contains an exhaustive list of both blessings and curses for God's people, depending on whether they trusted and obeyed His word or went their own way. It's perhaps less familiar to us than other parts of the Old Testament.

As lawyers we know more material blessing than most. As New Testament Christians, we often take comfort in the fact that we are "not under law but under grace" (Rom 6:14). And rightly so. But we also become complacent and forgetful of the blessings God has poured upon us; we serve ourselves and our practices rather than God; we fail to take drastic action with sin in our lives; we forget that our sin nailed Christ to the cross.

Let us resolve to revel in the grace of God, glorifying Him in our daily service, and proclaiming His saving grace to those around us.

Prayer Points:

1. Praise God that we are under His saving grace. Pray that we may have opportunities this week to proclaim God's grace to those around us.

2. Pray that we would resolve to glorify God in our daily service, with joy and gladness of heart.