Relief or Reform?

12 Oct

God’s Word: Psalms 106

God’s Attribute: (43)  Over and over God rescued them, but they never learned.

God’s Message to me:

Often people want me to rescue them because they want relief, not reform!  I couldn’t begin to count the times people have called out to me for rescue, promising all kinds of reform, if I would just get them out of their troubles.  But when people are rescued from the consequences of their choices, they learn nothing and continue to make bad choices.  But we keep hoping, don’t we?  Perhaps this time they will make some reforms and not get into trouble again.

Use caution when rescuing people from their bad choices.  Sometimes you have to let people suffer the consequences of their choices before they see the vital need of reform.  If you rescue them, you cause them to rely on you instead of making life changes.

Use wisdom in your rescue efforts. Ask yourself, did this person get in this predicament because of unwise choices or was this an unforeseen calamity?  Do not hand out your mercy efforts just to make yourself feel good.  Many people rely on that to sustain their dysfunctional lifestyle.  Your goal in all rescue efforts is reform, not merely relief.

God’s Question for me:

Will you use caution and wisdom in rescuing others from the challenges they face?

God’s Promise to me:

My immense love for you results in my mercy being shown.  (How are you reflecting that mercy to others?)

My Song to God:

Rescue the Perishing


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