February 3

John 1:14 (NLT) — 14 So the Word became ________ and made his _______ among us. He was full of unfailing _______ and _____________. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.

The New Living Translation used unfailing love in place of grace and faithfulness instead of truth. Perhaps your trust in the Lord has waned a little bit. Maybe because of what you are going through you are questioning his unfailing love and faithfulness. Maybe you have lost your awe of God. Do you need renewed hope and enthusiasm in Lord? Do you need a reason to jump up and down and praise Him? Then you need to read Genesis chapter 34. Please read this chapter.

How would you have responded to your wayward son Jacob and the atrocities committed by his family? Remember they are God’s chosen people whom he promised to bless and they were to be a blessing to those around them. The city of Shechem probably didn’t feel to blessed. Would you have said, “That’s it I’ve had enough, You’re benched, You’ve sinned one too many times, there is no way I can forgive you now, you’re on your own!” Now that you have read this chapter read the Lord’s response to Jacob in chapter 35 verse 1. I like how the Contemporary English Version reads here:

Genesis 35:1 (CEV) — 1 God told Jacob, “Return to Bethel, where I appeared to you when you were running from your brother Esau. Make your home there and build an altar for me.”

Wow! Wow! Wow! God’s response was the same to this wayward son as it was to the wayward son in Luke 15; the one we call the prodigal son. God truly is the same yesterday today and forever. He really is full of unfailing love and faithfulness.

Basically God just said, “Return to me and worship me.” Bethel means house of God. When we are running outside of lane God has chosen for us in this life; He calls us back, not to whip us but to heal us.

Don’t you just love the Lord? We tend to think God is mad at us, is angry with us, has had enough of us; but he hasn’t. Remember what the Apostle Paul said > Romans 5:20 (CEV) — 20…Yet where sin was powerful, God’s kindness was even more powerful. Romans 5:20 (NKJV) — 20…But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more, Romans 5:20 (NLT) — 20 …But as people sinned more and more, God’s wonderful grace became more abundant.

God doesn’t wink at sin and forgiven sin still has consequences but we all need to be encouraged that our mistakes are not fatal. When we turn back to God he meets us with open arms of unfailing love and faithfulness! God is always in the life giving business it is satan who is out to steal, kill, and destroy, not God. Never confuse the two. Now you can go and have a sweet weekend living in awe of your Wonderful Heavenly Father! And by the way that is part of seeing his glory! John 1:14 may become one of your favorite verses.

Be Inspired Hilltop!