Give me a word, Lord: DIDN’T GET WHAT I DESERVED

Psalm 103:6-10 The Lord works righteousness and justice for all the oppressed. He made known his ways to Moses, his deeds to the people of Israel: The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever; he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities.

I’m a hard worker. I’ve been blessed with a few good things. We have a nice home, vehicles, plenty of clothes, food in our panties and freezers, and the list goes on. Yes, my good and gracious God looked down and said, “That kinky headed girl needs a roof over her head. She’s going to need a little break from the humidity and rain so I’ll give her a home. And I’m going to give her a great job. It’s going to be a really tough job some days, but I’m never going to leave her side. She will also need transportation to and from that job, so I’ll make sure she has some wheels. I’ll provide some clothes for her to wear each day, and I’m also going to make sure she isn’t hungry. I wouldn’t want my girl to go to work hangry.” Oh yes, I serve a good and gracious God. I know that everything I have belongs to Him. He gifted me with all of these blessings, but how many of them do I really deserve? Not one single thing!

In reality, I know that I don’t deserve a cotton picking thing. I don’t deserve any of it. I reflect back on days of my youth, and I know that God didn’t give me what I deserved. I deserve a good swift kick in the rear end sometimes. I’ve made my share of mistakes. I have wandered off of the path God placed me on more than a couple of times. I’ve even been bold enough to tell myself that my will was God’s will a few times in my life. Yes, it’s safe to say that I don’t deserve any of the blessings God has bestowed on me. I deserve vengeance.

Oh but God! Praise God for giving second and third and sometimes a hundred chances to get things right. Thank God for sending the Holy Spirit to gently nudge our subconscious when we are getting off track. Thank God for forgiveness! Thank God for His graciousness, compassion, and faithfulness! Thank God that I didn’t get what I deserved!

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