Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | October 31, 2015

October 31, 2015 “The Godly Choice”

“Know that the Lord has set apart the godly for himself; the Lord will hear when I call to him.”     (Psalm 4:3)

Good Morning Followers of Christ!

From the earliest chapters of scripture, we discover that people sin. Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden. As a consequence, death, murder, deceit, and every evil thing permeated the world and does to this very day. Some may wonder why God “allowed” sin to occur. After all, He could have created Adam and Eve in such a way that they could have resisted temptation completely, could He not? The fact of the matter is…He did! They were not compelled to disobey. It was a choice. Would any of us argue that choice is not a good thing. We value free will. It is a gift from God. But choices come with consequences…good and bad. They made a poor choice…the choice of disobedience. In Romans, Paul reminds us that “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” Understanding this, when I read from Psalm 4 that ““the Lord has set apart the godly for himself”, I wonder who these godly people are! Aren’t “godliness” and “sinfulness” opposites? How can one be considered godly and sinful at the same time? Obviously, there must be a distinction…a way to be considered godly even in our sinful state of being. There is! The godly are those who are faithful and devoted to God. To be faithful and devoted to God does not mean we lead a sinless life. Only Jesus did that. But faith and devotion come with the very understanding that we ARE sinful and needful of God’s forgiveness, which he graciously provides. Think of it like this: all of us growing up were disobedient to our parents at one time or another. This disobedience did not mean we were no longer a part of the family or that our parents no longer loved us. On the contrary…when we were disobedient, our parents disciplined us that we might learn proper behavior and lead more “godly” lives. In the writing of this Psalm, David knew that God would hear him when he called, for he was “a man after God’s own heart.” David, though sinful, was nonetheless considered “godly” and remained faithful and devoted to God.

Like David, we can also be confident that God listens to and answers our prayers when we call on him. Sometimes we may think that God won’t answer us because we have fallen short of his high standards for living. But if we have trusted in Christ, we know that God has forgiven us and he will listen to us. When you feel that your prayers are going no higher than the ceiling, remember that you are chosen by God, set apart and beloved. Look at your problems in the light of His power instead of looking at them in the shadow they cast upon you. Make the “godly choice”. Let’s pray!

Glorious, Gracious God; Remind us of the value you place upon each one of us. remind us that You sent Your Son to die for us on the cross of Calvary that we might be Yours forever. Remind us that You hear us when we call to You in prayer. In Jesus’ Holy Name we pray. Amen!

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