What Offends God?

livebyfaithTherefore when the Lord heard, he was full of wrath; a fire was kindled against Jacob; his anger rose against Israel, because they did not believe in God and did not trust his saving power. (Ps 78:21-22)

Recently, I was running on an isolated trail and I found myself in a torrential downpour of rain, which turned into a minor storm. All of a sudden, I saw and heard a bolt of lightning hit the earth, cracking a tree only 50 meters from me. The crack of the thunder went through my chest and for an instant I was captured by the fear of God as I came face to face with his awesome power. Needless to say, I increased the pace of my run. As I ran for my life, I was reminded of the reality of God’s power. Like Israel did in the past, sometimes we too forget the awesome power of God and his deeds amongst us (Read Ps 78). This often leads to a weakening of our faith and a lack of trust in his capacity to provide and move in our lives. This offends the heart of God. God delights in showing off his awesome power in our lives, just as he did for his people in the wilderness, thousands of years ago. When we refuse to believe in him, despite his awesome deeds, we grieve his heart and offend his nature. Don’t take for granted whom God is and what he has done in your life. Tread carefully around his throne room with a grateful and believing heart.

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