From Useless Things to Mercies and Manna

The day and its trouble shall come. I know that Your strength is enough. *

I am so grateful God’s mercies are new every morning (Lamentations 3:22-23), and I am quite certain I have used up every last “drop” these last few days, whew. Isn’t it wonderful to know that God gives us exactly what we need, exactly when we need it? Not too soon, not too late, but at the perfect time ~ His perfect time. Like manna in the wilderness (Exodus 16), He gives us just enough for today. šŸ™‚

“Therefore they stayed there a long time, speaking boldly in the Lord, who was bearing witness to the word of His grace, granting signs and wonders to be done by their hands…And in Lystra a certain man without strength in his feet was sitting, a cripple from his mother’s womb, who had never walked. This man heard Paul speaking. Paul, observing him intently and seeing that he had faith to be healed, said with a loud voice, ‘Stand up straight on your feet!’ And he leaped and walked. Now when the people saw what Paul had done, they raised their voices, saying in the Lycaonian language, ‘The gods have come down to us in the likeness of men!’…But when the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard this, they tore their clothes and ran in among the multitude, crying out and saying, ‘Men, why are you doing these things? We also are men with the same nature as you, and preach to you that you should turn from these useless things to the living God, who made the heaven, the earth, the sea, and all things that are in them,’ ” ~ Acts 14:3, 8-11, 14-15

Paul and Barnabas had been teaching and “speaking boldly in the Lord” throughout the region of Galatia, and God was bearing witness of Himself to the people, “to the word of His grace, granting signs and wonders to be done by their hands”. God was drawing people to Himself, wooing them to come to Him, by His grace through faith in His Son Jesus.

Turn from these useless things to the living God. When God used Paul to heal the crippled man in Lystra, instead of recognizing the hand of God, the crowd immediately turned to what was familiar and embraced by their culture: the Greek gods. They decided Barnabas was Zeus, and Paul was Hermes, and the priest made preparations to offer sacrifices before them (Acts 14:12-13). This good, miraculous thing – And he leaped and walked – done by the One True God was quickly twisted and corrupted by Satan.

How often does this happen today? “The fates are smiling on us.” “We are more evolved.” “Mother nature did a good job with those flowers.” “The positive energy and good thoughts you sent helped make me well.” The gods. Evolution. Pantheism. Humanism. You name it. Our world has embraced so many different things, trying to deny God and fill the void in their lives that only He can fill and restore.

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.” ~ James 1:17

Turn from these useless things to the living God, who made the heaven, the earth, the sea, and all things that are in them. Turn to the One True God, who gives us His mercies new and fresh every morning, and the perfect amount of manna for each moment. Turn to “the word of His grace”.

Grace, what have You done?
Murdered for me on that cross
Accused in absence of wrong
My sin washed away in Your blood

Too much to make sense of it all
I know that Your love breaks my fall
The scandal of grace, You died in my place
So my soul will live

Oh to be like You
Give all I have just to know You
Jesus, there’s no one besides You
Forever the hope in my heart

Death, where is your sting?
Your power is as dead as my sin
The cross has taught me to live
And mercy, my heart now to sing

The day and its trouble shall come
I know that Your strength is enough
The scandal of grace, You died in my place
So my soul will live

Oh to be like You
Give all I have just to know You
Jesus, there’s no one besides You
Forever the hope in my heart

And it’s all, because of You, Jesus
It’s all, because of You, Jesus
It’s all, because of Your love
And my soul will live

Oh to be like You
Give all I have just to know You
Jesus, there’s no one besides You
Forever the hope in my heart

~ “Scandal Of Grace” by Hillsong United *

Here’s a link to my husband’s Sunday School blog on Acts 14.

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