What God Wants
Daily Bible Reading – 2 Samuel 15,16; Psalm 32; Matthew 25
Today’s Key Passage – Psalm 32
Most of us spend a lot of time thinking about “wants”. We think about what we want to eat for dinner. We think about what our children want for their birthdays or Christmas. We think about where our spouses want to go on vacation. A better “want” to consider, however, is what God wants. The Bible helps us answer this question in many different ways. We know that He wants us to love Him. We know that He wants us to put Him first. In today’s key passage, we find more clues as to what God wants. Let us look at a few of those “wants” today:
- God wants us to be cleansed – (Vss. 1-2) – God wants each of us to receive the initial cleansing that comes from the salvation offered through Jesus Christ. In addition, he wants us to be continually cleansed by Him as we live our lives daily.
- God wants us to be convicted – (Vss. 3-4) – The Holy Spirit living in us convicts us of sins as they happen. When we sin, God will convict us and show us that we need to turn back to Him to restore our relationship. This conviction will not let us rest until we have dealt with our sin.
- God wants us to confess – (Vss. 5-6) – When we acknowledge our sins to God, He forgives us and cleanses us from our impurities.
- God wants us to rest in His protection– (Vs. 7) – God wants to be our “hiding place” from all of the troubles of this world. When we rest in Him, he will shield us from evil.
- God wants us to rest in His guidance – (Vs. 8) – God wants to instruct us and teach us how to walk in His ways. He wants us to trust Him to lead us only to what is best for us.
- God wants us to cooperate – (Vss. 9-11) – Some people in this world are stubborn. Rather than allowing God to guide them with love, they leave God no other choice but to lead them with “bit and bridle”. In other words, they force God to lead them using discipline and punishment. When we fail to acknowledge our sins before God, He may punish us to force us back to Him. God will use any means necessary to restore our relationship with Him.
As I read today’s passage, I am awestruck by the differences between God and man. Obviously, human beings are very different from God in many ways, but I believe one of the biggest differences comes in the area of forgiveness. When humans forgive others, we sometimes do it almost grudgingly. We know we “should” forgive someone, or we feel like we “need to” forgive someone. Sometimes we even feel like we “have to” forgive someone. When we do forgive, we very seldom ever forget. God, on the other hand, is not like us in this regard. God never feels like He should forgive, or that He needs to forgive, and he certainly never feels like He has to forgive. God wants to forgive us. In addition, when He forgives, He forgets completely that we have sinned. We do not have this ability on our own, but God does. He does not keep a record of wrongs. When God forgives us, we are washed clean in the blood of Christ and are made white as snow, and our relationship to God is completely restored. We do not have to live with guilt over sin. We do not have to live in fear of His punishments. We can find freedom and joy today through the forgiveness He offers us. The next time you are thinking about “wants” in your life, consider what God wants for you. Think of this Psalm, and rest in His promises.
During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you? Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.
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Posted on May 8, 2013, in 19 - Psalms and tagged Bible, Christian, Daily Bible, Daily Devotional, Forgiveness, God, God's Character, Godly Living, Jesus, Religion, Sin, Wisdom. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.