Romans 2 - Steve Wiggins Daily Devotional
"Or do you presume on the riches of His kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that G_d’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? But because of your hard and impenitent (unrepentant) heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when G_d’s righteous judgment will be revealed.” Romans 2:4
On most days, my children are really cute and simply a joy to be around. Other days, not so much…
When I was a teenager, whenever I expressed a frustration, adults would say, “You’re just going through a phase…” I would be so mad at that response! I was like, “You don’t know me!” I hate to say it, but the whole “phase” thing is totally true. Kids have behavioral “seasons”, and observant parents know when we enter into, and exit from our seasons.
A secret to being a good parent (which I do not claim to have mastered) is becoming a student of your children. You study their likes & dislikes. Forecast their “seasons”.
One of the best ways to gauge a relationship is how well people select gifts for each other. Gifting shows how well someone knows you. The value of a gift is not about the expense; rather how appropriate the gift is, because a gift’s appropriateness is based on a person’s knowledge of you.
G_d watches His children closely. Sometimes He disciplines harshly, and other times He gives us mercy. It’s all based on what His infinite wisdom determines we need for healthy development. It is important for children to know parents have their best interests in mind. The L_rd gives us much more grace than harsh discipline.
A legitimate concern for any parent is that their children will perceive “grace” as a reward for bad behavior. This is exactly what Paul is warning the believers in Rome about. G_d has ONE thing in mind, as pertains to all people: that they would come unto repentance. His first approach is Grace. To all who would accept it, He freely gives salvation.
But for those who refuse or abuse His grace, He disciplines harshly. Trauma brings desperation. Desperation demands urgent solutions, and Yeshua is the ultimate and only solution for mankind’s sin debt to G_d. The overriding intent for G_d-directed desperation is that we recognize and worship Him.
Although G_d knows exactly who will accept or reject Him, He loves us and never stops trying to reach us…through mercy and pain. Nothing is beyond His ability to gain our attention. Skip the unnecessary desperation and surrender your life to Yeshua.
~Steve Wiggins, Associate Leader, Worship Leader
Daily Devotional, Friday, August 16, 2013