July 29, 2021
Psalm 51:1-12; Exodus 32:19-26; I Corinthians 11:17-22 (NLT)
“God is Patient”
In Psalm 51, David requests mercy and forgiveness. “Wash me and I will be whiter than snow.”
In Exodus 32, Moses reacts to the golden calf and throws down the tablets of God. And in 1st Corinthians 11, Paul tells the church at Corinth that their actions show distaste for the Lord’s Supper and reminds them that Jesus paid the price for our sins.
God did not reject David because of his sins of adultery and murder. God did not reject the Israelites because of the golden calf. Nor did God reject the church at Corinth because of their sin of not honoring the Lord’s Supper. So, what makes my sin so special?
I will humble myself before the Lord. This what God requires. God seeks to remove the pride from my heart and help me acknowledge that we are not able to do all things for ourselves. Life is going well; who needs God? Especially as God is kind of remote, living in Heaven. I don’t want to bother God with my problems. Think of the golden calf. Moses goes up on the mountain and people quickly forget who their source of life was and who led them out of Egypt.
I admit I am no different. I pray with much more intensity in times of need.
When my oldest son was about four, we took him to the doctor. After several visits it came down to Hodgkin’s Disease or “cat scratch fever.” The wait to find out was intolerable and many prayers were said. We were blessed and not only do we have a healthy son, we now have a twenty-year-old grandson.
My first wife of 43 years of marriage died of cancer but was blessed many times over by our church family. And after she passed, I was blessed by the care and concern of these same people.
So, what does that have to do with our three Bible passages? The Lord gives us Himself in the people around us. Remember, not everyone chose to worship the golden calf, and David repented of his sins. The church at Corinth did not lose its salvation; it reformed itself.
God, in God’s mercy, gives us warnings and we are blessed if we hear those warnings and change our ways. None of us are perfect; we need reminders from time to time. And we need to heed them.
Lord, please give me reminders of your love so that I may follow you with my heart and soul. Amen.