Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | September 12, 2017

“how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?”

This is a special devotion sent from my iPhone because I cannot use my Desktop computer due to no Internet service. Please excuse its shortness and lack of quotes due to my inability to “copy and paste”.

I continue with the order of Scripture. Today’s Scripture comes from Jeremiah chapter 42. I quote only verse 6.

“Whether it is pleasant or unpleasant, we will listen to the voice of the LORD our God to whom we are sending you, so that it may go well with us when we listen to the voice of the LORD our God.” Jeremiah 42:6.

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Like the remnant of Judah who were afraid of their exposure to the Chaldeans (people from Babylon) who destroyed Jerusalem and either killed or took captive so many from Judah and who sought protection from the LORD, many in Florida were afraid of Hurricane Irma and prayed for protection from the LORD.

We can safely assume that many from both groups made promises to the LORD or otherwise resolved to do certain spiritual things if the LORD would spare them.

Yesterday’s headline of Tampa Bay Times was “We’re Lucky”.

Although parts of Florida were hit very hard, it could have been a lot worse for most of Florida. For example, Tampa Bay Times reported that property insurers had estimated before Hurricane Irma hit Florida that US insured losses would be about $150 billion, but now afterwards they estimate the losses to be only $20 billion. Tampa Bay was especially spared Although 1/2 of Pinellas county (the county in which my home St. Pete is) lost power and it may take a week or so for power to be restored, it could have been much much worse. Specifically, I believe few had significant damage to their homes like windows or roofs destroyed.

So, what are we going to do?

Will we seek the LORD and learn lessons and read Scripture more and attend church more and also otherwise obey the LORD more?

Or, will we just consider ourselves lucky and go back to our wicked ways?

As Reformed believers, we know that we need God’s grace to do anything that we should do, including even that we need God to grant us repentance in order for us to repent.

Other doctrine emphasizes free-will and cries: “Spare us and we will do good.”

But, Reformed Doctrine emphasizes God’s will and cries: “Save us because we belong to You.” Remember Question and Answer 1 of Heidelberg Catechism. Our only comfort in life and death is that we belong to our Faithful LORD and Savior Jesus Christ.

“He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?” Romans 8:32.

 

 

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