Daily Manna 11th Aug 2020
Here is todays daily manna from Peter Pollock:
MERCY AND JUDGMENT!
Bible in a year: Psalms 81, 82, 83 Romans 11: 19-36
Scripture: Romans 11: 22: Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God : on those who fell severity ; but toward you goodness, if you continue in his goodness. Other wise you will be cut off!
Mercy and grace come from God, so do justice and judgment. We tend to isolate these aspects but it is important to get to grips with the fact that God is all these attributes at the same time. He does not go through seasons of one or the other! He is immutable, in other words unchangeable, because He does not make mistakes and does not need to change His mind or His view on anything! God is very kind and merciful if you submit to His lordship, but if you choose to rebel and go astray then you will experience the severity of His reprimands and judgments. So this confirms that salvation is an on-going process and Paul also notes that you can be “cut off”. This of course is something we don’t want to hear about but if God promises to cut off those who do not stay in His goodness, then He is obligated to do just that! The Jews are suffering for their unbelief but if they turn from these wicked ways, they will be grafted back. We should certainly not be ignorant of this great “mystery” suggests Paul because once the fullness of the Gentiles has been completed, the “blindness” that has plagued his brethren will be lifted and they will turn from their ungodliness and return to the covenant that God made with them.
The gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. This does not just apply only to the Jews, but to each and every one of us! When God places a calling and a gift on an individual it stays there, irrespective of attitude and behavior! This is something many battle to come to grips with but it certainly does answer why men and women can keep on ministering even though their lives are a total mess and they are even living in sin! We see pride and arrogance in preachers and we sometimes watch things on television that absolutely amaze us in terms of showmanship! But the show goes on and people do get convicted, healed and saved! God does not take the gifts away and the calling is always beckoning because God uses all circumstances, just as he used the unbelief and rebellion of the Jews to bring home the Gentiles. The gifts and ministries operate “out front” and can thus be misleading because, as with the Jews, finally only repentance and spiritual regeneration will truly bring them back to God.