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PASTORS' DAILY DEVOTIONAL
Aug
03

Where is the Love?

Rod Shimabukuro

Scripture
"The LORD is a jealous and avenging God; the LORD takes vengeance and is filled with wrath. The LORD takes vengeance on his foes and maintains his wrath against his enemies." (Nahum 1:2)
Observation
Where is the love in this passage? The prophetic woes of Nahum of Ninevah can be seen as discouraging - disheartening. Is this the kind of God we serve? A God of judgment and wrath? You would think that the characteristics describing God in this passage were taken from a UFC fighter or imprisoned man robbed of his freedom or a husband who finds out his wife has been cheating on him.

But Nahum is describing my God...qualities that make up His character because God is righteous, pure, and fair. So where is the love?

Is this the same Ninevah God spared by sending Jonah about a 100 years prior to Nahum? Yes. Is this the same Ninevah God loved and cared for in the midst of their dark, sinful ways of living? Yes. Is this the Ninevah who although rebellious, God had compassion on as they turned to Him? Yes.

There it is...there's the love of God!
Application
The Lord is correcting me because He is jealous. He is jealous of my time, my affection and devotion. He wants my attention. I am His bride. He is my groom. Like a groom who desires a committed bride who will serve and submit to him, so He desires me to be.

NOT BECAUSE GOD is insecure...but because I am His chosen, creation, special and beautiful in His sight. Thus, my God is my Protector, Avenger.

I want to live differently today by:
  1. Prioritizing my devotional time. I've been a little slothful in my approach, my time.
  2. Not trying to "do it all" - there's so much to be done - so I must prioritize spiritual disciplines...have a more solid PRAYER TIME.
  3. Where are my thoughts focused? On what? On whom? I need to take distracting, time-bandit, sinful thoughts captive into the obedience of Christ.
Prayer
Oh-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h God!!!!!
I cry out to You...for mercy, for Your patience once again. It's so easy for me to talk the talk. Please help me to live the talk. There's so much I need to work on. Help me to allow You to work on these areas. In and of myself - I can't change. Change me Lord...I cooperate with You - help me to obey You...instantly!

Devotions for August 03

Nahum 1,2,3
John 5

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