I deal in hope : Carolyn R Scheidies

Devotion: Not a Teddy Bear God Devotion

We like a cuddly god who hugs us close or a rich, easy-going papa-god who provides whatever we ask of Him. We don’t often like the truth of God as powerful, a God of might, integrity and truth who makes demands of those who claim His name.

We don’t like a God who doesn’t wink at or tolerate sin/evil and who not only allows the natural consequences of our choices to come into play, but also puts those consequences into motion when we continue to resist His grace.

But only this God can make a difference in our lives. Only this God cares enough to hold us accountable even as He holds out a hand of forgiveness, hope and grace. Only a God I cannot control or remake in some comfortable image is worthy of my time and worship.

Will we worship, honor and follow him?

By Carolyn R Scheidies
From First I Bow

Exodus 20 And God spake all these words, saying,
2 I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.
5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;
6 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.
7 Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.
8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:
10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:
11 For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
12 Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.
13 Thou shalt not kill.
14 Thou shalt not commit adultery.
15 Thou shalt not steal.
16 Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.
17 Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s.

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