I’ll never get what I deserve, and that’s okay with me.
“Come and see what our God has done, what awesome miracles he performs for people!”
Psalms 66:5 NLT
As I reflect on the Lord and his goodness this verse is perfectly fitting. When I begin to think on all the things God has done for me, and what awesome miracles He has performed in my life, there’s one thing I’m most thankful for. I’ll never get what I deserve.
In the world we live today, a world where entitlement is an attitude we have all taken on in some form or another, we all want what we deserve. We think we deserve better in this life. We work hard and do some good, and all of the sudden God owes us the world. Well truth is, it’s exactly the opposite. When I think about that, I don’t want any part of what I deserve. And as long as I follow Jesus I don’t have to get what I deserve.
So what do I deserve? Punishment for a life of sin and rebellion. I deserve wrath and anger and eternal damnation. Really I deserve so much more than I could even imagine. I read about the rewards of sin, and as horrible as they sound, I still can’t wrap my mind around it. But because of that blood, the precious blood Jesus shed for me, I will never get what I deserve. I will instead get all the things I don’t deserve. He has blessed me so abundantly, how dare could I complain?
So something didn’t work out the way I wanted it to, or when I wanted it to? It still isn’t what I deserve. So what I went through troubles and trials and got hurt and wronged? It still isn’t what I deserve. In fact, it’s an honor. I know that by facing these things, Jesus is making me like Him. Instead of condemning me to the person I was before grace, and never giving me a chance, He took me as I was. He loved me to Himself. He took my sin and shame and gave me joy and peace. He washed away my sins, and opened my life up to blessings and miracles beyond anything I can comprehend. So what if my life doesn’t look exactly like I want it to all the time? It still isn’t what I deserve.
On the days I struggle most with gratitude, I have to remind my self of these things.
I don’t want what I actually deserve.
I want all that the Lord has planned for me, and nothing less.
His ways are perfect.
He is good.
He is just.
He knows all and sees all.
He is full of mercy and grace.
He paid a price I couldn’t pay, and will never deserve, knowing both of those things before He did it.
Tired of living in the vicious cycle of wishing for and trying to get what you deserve? Then come and see what our God has done, what awesome miracles He performs for people! ❤️
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