Exodus 32:8 Quick To Turn Away

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They have been quick to turn away from what I commanded them and have made themselves an idol cast in the shape of a calf. They have bowed down to it and sacrificed to it and have said, ‘These are your gods, Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.’ Exodus 32:8

Although most people do not really like change, they are also very quick to change. Looking at how society changes who they follow will show how rapidly things can change. There are celebrities who are followed by everyone today, and suddenly, within a short time, they are no longer the highlight of everyone, but someone else is.

What people follow changes almost daily. A big news article comes out about some event happening somewhere in the world. There is a big uproar about it for a few days, then suddenly, one no longer hears any more about it. There is a change of what is being followed.

God had done some great miracles for the Israelites right before their very eyes. When Moses went up onto the mountain to hear from God, the people suddenly changed from following God to following some idol. They quickly forgot what God had done for them.

Changing like this is still common to this day. People go to church, follow God, believe in God today. Suddenly things change in life and their focus is no longer on God, but upon something of this world. It is no longer God who supplies their needs, but it is the almighty job or money or something else.

This type of action even occurs inside the church with believers. Instead of relying upon God, they rely upon a person or some type of work inside the church. It is their hands that made things possible, not God. Their focus has turned to self or someone or something else instead of God.

Take a look at your own life and see where your trust is. Who or what is it you are following. Have you taken your eyes off of God and began to trust in the idols and other things of this world?

Do not be quick to turn away from God, but trust Him when He is silent. He is still working in your life. It is not the world or the things of this world that has brought you to where you are, but it is the hand of God. Don’t turn from God.

I pray today that you will remember what God has done for you; that you will trust God’s work in your life; that you will not turn to things of this world; that you will not allow idols in your life; and that God will be your God.

Isaiah 30:19 God Is Quick To Hear And Answer

People of Zion, who live in Jerusalem, you will weep no more. How gracious he will be when you cry for help! As soon as he hears, he will answer you. Isaiah 30:19

Just before this verse, Isaiah spoke of the destruction of Jerusalem. It would be so terrible that he states that one enemy would make a thousand flee, and just five enemy would make them all flee. The would happen because of the terror that they would feel. All of the destruction would occur because of the sin of turning away from God, rejecting God.

The great thing is that as soon as they would call out to God, He would hear them and answer them. Despite how angry God was with their sin, He was even more gracious and willing to forgive when they cried out to Him.

Many believers have made choices in their life that have pulled them away from God. God has chosen to life His hand of blessing from their lives because of continued sin in their lives.

Most believers are not unaware of what is occurring. They realize that they have strayed from God’s plans for their life and are paying a price for it. They feel as if they can make it without God’s direct guidance and help. That works until God’s hand of favor is lifted and things continue to go wrong.

Many will feel that because of their sin, they can no longer cry out to God. They feel He will no longer hear them because they have strayed so far from Him. You may be one of those in that position right now. You feel as if you cannot call out to God any more, that God will no longer listen to you.

Yet, as soon as you cry out to God, He will hear you. God is perfect love and is very gracious and always willing to forgive.

It is up to you to turn back to Him and seek forgiveness. God cannot extend His forgiveness and favor, unless you call out to Him. He will not force anything on you, you must want it.

Turn back to God today and cry out to Him. Seek His forgiveness in anything you may have done wrong. Then know His great love and mercy that He has for you. He is waiting and listening for you today.

I pray today that you will always seek God in your life; that you will turn from all sin to God; that you will continually cry out to God for help; and that you will know God’s love and forgiveness.

John 8:10-11More Than No Condemnation

“Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” “No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you, Jesus declared. Go now and leave your life of sin.” John 8:10-11

Some leaders of the Law had brought a woman to Jesus who had been found guilty of adultery. They wanted to see if Jesus would have her stoned as according to the Law. Jesus challenged them that anyone without sin could cast the first stone. No one did and they left. He then tells the woman He won’t condemn her either, but she is to leave her life of sin.

People love to point out that Jesus did not condemn her. They love to see the forgiveness that Jesus had. All of this is true and very good, but Jesus did not just stop with not condemning her, He told her to leave the life of sin.

Forgiveness is great but there must be more. There must be a change. The repentance must include a turning away from the sin.

Many people want to be able to continue living in their sin while asking God to forgive them. They will also tell other believers that they must be forgiven because they are sorry for the sin, yet they will not flee the sinful activity.

God is more than willing to forgive you. The reason for the forgiveness is for you to have a chance to change and start over. This gives you the ability to do things correctly, not to go back into the same sin.

Along with your own personal changes, you must be willing to forgive others, then tell them about the need to change. Believers need to tell others that living the life of sin is wrong once you believe in Jesus. Encourage others to turn from the sin and fully follow Him.

Are you turning away from your past sinful lifestyles? Are you encouraging others to turn from their sinful lifestyles? Are you just forgiving? Or are you condemning?

I pray today that God will strengthen you to turn from all sin; that you will embrace the new life Jesus has given you; that you will forgive others; that you will encourage others to turn from sin; and that you will love of Jesus loved.