PASTORS' DAILY DEVOTIONAL
Mar
09

The Lord is NOT a Genie

Micah Simpson

Scripture
"For the LORD your God is the God of gods and the Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God who does not show partiality nor take a bribe." Deut 10:17
Observation
I bet it was common to see people try and bribe their gods. To try and offer sacrifices of animals, or people, or to try and perform a certain ritual, all in hopes that their god would see it and be impressed. Our God however, he is not one to take bribes, He is not one to be persuaded by a ritual or promise. God does what he does, whether we like it or not, whether we bribe him or not, God is God, and his choices will stand no matter what we try to force upon him.

Because isn't it true that we often times try and force things on God? I used to not study for an exam, and then I would beg God to give me good grades. Almost as if he is a genie and I expected him to just give me what I wished. God is not someone who we can force ourselves upon. He is not like a whimpy kid on the play ground who we can shove around until we get some lunch money. "God is the Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God who does not show partiality nor take a bribe."
Application
I never want to think less of who God is. I never want to think of him like a school teacher whom I can try and get good grades from without doing any work. I never want to be so selfish as to think that I can get all I want from God when I want it.

My heart is not to try and get God to do things for me, my heart is to please God and love God and serve God because My God is awesome and he deserves it!

God will definitely take care of us, and provide for our needs, and bless us and love us and pray for us, and save us on the day of judgment, but He is not a genie, he is not a magical being who bows at our every request, he does not give better hand outs to people who serve more or give more or try and impress him more, God is God, and he is to be feared and reverenced as so.
Prayer
Lord, I pray that I would live a life that is fully devoted to you, without looking for a reward or a token because of my devotion. Lord I pray that my heart would be completely yours, that I would not turn to the right or to the left, but that I would keep focused on you. As you have given me brand new life and freedom in Christ, I pray that I would not live like you owe me something, but that I would pick up my cross, fix my eyes on Jesus, and live sold out for Him because its to Jesus that I owe everything.

Lord would you correct me quickly and swiftly any time that I am trying to bribe you or trying to force something on you, I truly desire to live a life that is honoring to you!

Devotions for March 09

Deuteronomy 10,11,12
Mark 16

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