Oh, how disrespectful…how inconsiderate…how thoughtless…how embarrassing…how blasphemous!
Oh, you say, I would never do that. I would never apply a nickname to God, or refer to him with a cliche. Well, perhaps not knowingly, or intentionally, but how about innocently or mistakenly? Let me give you some examples and you count the ones that apply to you.
Examples of ways people sometimes apply nicknames to God…erroneously!
"The other day, I had to make a big decision. I was already late for an important job interview and I had to make a choice as to whether to take the expressway to go downtown or to use the streets which was the longer way, but seemed less crowded with traffic. Just then, 'something' said, take the streets. I did! and sure enough, when I arrived at my appointment, the receptionist told me that my interviewer would be a little late because he texted that he was in a traffic jam on the expressway where a fatal accident had just happened! How's that for 'chance'?" "You know, people often tell me that my 'insights' and 'intuitions' about a matter are right on. And my 'opinions' are sought out all the time. I feel sooo 'lucky'!" "Today, I had a really bad day at the office. My boss threatened to fire me, but changed his mind at the last minute. (Under my breath, I was 'cursing' him.) Later, while on my way home from work, a driver cut right in front of me and almost made me have a car wreck. I could have been killed! Boy, was I 'fortunate'. And to top it all off, when I got home, my wife reminded me that it was our night out and the babysitter was coming over. By that time, I was so wired up I wanted to tell her to 'go shove it', but she looked so innocent, all I could 'reluctantly' say was okay, dear. My whole day was ruined. I guess the 'devil was in the details.' Really now!!! How about giving thanks to the Good Lord above that He was in the details...
Have you been guilty on occasion mistakenly referring to God as one of those words or phrases spoken within those quotes above? Have you ever robbed God from receiving all the honor and all the praise for his goodness, protection and guidance? If so, just remember that God is merciful and forgiving. Memorize the scripture written in Malachi 3:8: “Will a man rob God? Yet you rob me. But you ask, ‘How do we rob you?’ ” in tithes and offerings(1).
Note: (1) Yes, you may pay your tithes. But how faithful are you in sending up “Offerings” of thanksgiving to God for his provisions, protection and insight?
Scripture Lesson: “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16
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