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Devotion: Remaking God : I deal in hope

I deal in hope : Carolyn R Scheidies

Devotion: Remaking God

We cannot play games with God. Our culture has rewritten the truth of a majestic God of justice and truth as well as love and mercy into simply a God who winks at sin and loves us regardless of what we do.

This is nothing but sheer fantasy. It is doing what the Bible warns against–remaking God into our own image. But God will not conform to our limited expectations. He is God.

As Aslan the lion is referred to in C S Lewis’ Narnia series, he is not a tame lion, but he is good.

God is not the tame image we prefer, the one who never challenges our thoughts and actions, never scolds us for wrong choices, and certainly would never cause us harm or send us to hell.

Isaiah 13:11 (KJV) And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible.

God is God, majestic, creator of all the universe, who loved His creation enough to die for us, enough to offer life in Him. That’s the key–in Him. If we don’t accept the gift of God’s Son, the penalty from the Father is heartache and death.

What we do as individuals and as nations has consequences–God’s blessing as we serve Him or problems and pain for not following in His way, His time, His–not our–truth.

Consequences come about because evil and sin corrupts and brings about the very opposite of what our Savior is all about and what He desires for His own—love, joy, hope and peace.

Do I serve the God of Scripture or some anemic twisted version that will lead me away, not toward Him?

By Carolyn R Scheidies
From First I Bow


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