Have you ever thought about how many excuses God makes? Yeah...trust me. After even a quick read of scripture I am realized that He is the king of excuses.
You see, it all started in the creation event. He formed humanity out of dust and created a place that He could walk among them. Then, we see time after time that He showed up in different ways to interject himself into the timeline of history to help His people and let them know they are special to Him.
When Moses led a giant population of slaves out of Egypt, they walked out of a situation that they knew really well. Sure, they participated in back-breaking labor, but at least they knew it well and had some sort of accommodations. It somehow became home. It's amazing how our captivity can become so comfortable, huh (that's a lesson for another devotional)?
Anyway, these chosen people of God escaped oppression and God finally got them out of the distraction of their captivity. One of the items on His agenda was to instruct His people to create a dwelling place suitable for the presence of God to dwell among them. All He asked for was their devotion, trust, and obedience.
Nearly every time we turn the page in human history, God's people walked away from Him and pursued what they thought was right. Even in the midst of this nonsense, He still came up with excuses. Excuses to display His love for them. Excuses to reconcile His relationship with them. Most of all, excuses to dwell among them.
Fast forward to when Jesus comes on to the scene. I can imagine that God was done making excuses and simply wanted to blatantly invade the population. He left behind subtlety and just showed up in flesh. He obviously did this for a painful price, but He enjoyed it so much that He sent His spirit to dwell in His people.
God makes excuses to show us His love. He makes excuses to dwell among us. He makes excuses to show us His glory.
Isn't God good? I'm so glad He endured pain, expended energy, forgave and continues to forgive frequently, and displays His power all so we can know Him and He can be with us.
Prayer for today: God. Thank you for making every excuse possible to show your love for me. Help me to remember that I am yours. Amen
This post was written by Rev DeCrastos. You can find his blog here: ministrysauce.com