Have You Thought About How Unworthy You Are?
Unworthy, in this devotional, is reference to how our sins disqualify us from the great privilege of being in the awesome presence of God. The best of us, in fact, the very very best of us (smile), don't deserve the many blessings that God has showered on us.
In II Samuel 6:12-16, 20-23, we see that David is praising God, as the Ark of the Covenant is being brought into the city of Jerusalem. His wife despises his commonness and considers it to be vile and shameful. However, David determined to keep on praising God anyhow.
When we think about how good the Lord has been, we ought to praise Him. And no matter who despises or looks down on us because of our praise, we should determine to praise Him anyhow.
The thesis (i.e., message in a sentence) of this series of devotionals, "Praise God Anyhow," is we should be mindful of praise, despising, and determination.
In this devotional, let's continue to focus on praise. Perhaps David thought about how his sins made him unworthy, but yet he was in the presence of God anyhow.
Think about how awesome God is and how great He has been to us, in spite of our many failures to do right (see Rom. 3:10).
Many of us have failed to be diligent soul winners. There are those in our family and in our circle of influence that have never heard us try to get them to come to church or to accept Christ as their savior.
Many of us have failed to be good stewards of our money. We have too much credit card debt, too little in our emergency account, and too little in our retirement funds.
And many of us have not been good stewards of our health. Too many of us are guilty of being mean or apathetic towards the needs of others.
Some are guilty of being non-responsive in worship and of breaching the covenants that we have made with others. But with all of these things against us, God yet allows us into His presence.
List three to five things that come to mind that make you unworthy to be in the presence of God.
How well are you doing with being conscious of being unworthy to be in the presence of God?
What are you going to do to improve in this area?
God I praise You for being such a great and awesome God. You are the creator, sustainer, and hope of all creation.
Thank You for showering seen and unseen blessings into the lives of my loved ones and into my life. Thank You for being much better to us than we deserve.
I confess my many sins to You, including my taking Your awesome presence for granted. Please forgive me and help me to grow in this area.
Bless my loved ones and me to be what You are calling us to be. Have Your way in our lives, because Your way is best for us. Thank You, in Jesus' name. Amen.
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Dr. Robert E. Baines, Jr.
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