Deeper Life Daily Manna 31st March 2021 Devotional – Abusing God’s Mercy
TOPIC: ABUSING GOD’S MERCY
TEXT: EXODUS 9:27-35
Key Verse: “And when Pharaoh saw that the rain and the hail and the thunders were ceased, he sinned yet more, and hardened his heart, he and his servants” – Exodus 9:34
DEEPER LIFE DAILY MANNA 31ST MARCH 2021 DEVOTIONAL OUTLINE:
When anything is applied or used wrongfully, it becomes an abuse. This can apply to a privilege, a right or an opportunity. In our text, Pharaoh made a promise, which he never intended to keep. He broke his promise immediately after he had made it and brought more trouble upon his people. This shows that his repentance was not genuine.
Pharaoh did lie intentionally; when confronted by trouble, he did everything to appease God but soon after, relapsed into his former evil mindset. He pretended to be submissive and repentant when calamity struck his land in order to escape the consequences but when his fear departed, he reneged on the promises earlier made.
This is likened to the life of Saul, the first king of Israel who confessed to his own disgrace and the innocence of David but, as soon as he had escaped from the danger and was free from fear, he did not cease to persecute and pursue him. He was merely taking God’s mercy for granted. He who continues in sin because God is merciful is abusing His mercy. It will not be long before mercy turns against him.
God’s mercy is not for those who deliberately sin and think that He will always forgive. Do not be deceived by Satan to commit sin because of God’s mercy. Doing this is like hurting one’s bone because there is a surgeon in sight. Be careful not to abuse God’s mercy. Those who do such will be punished without mercy.
The mercy of the Lord is upon them that fear Him (Psalm 103:17). If God were to always forgive and never punish, where is His justice? Do not take His mercy for granted and incur His wrath.
Thought For Today: God will punish those who take His mercy for granted.
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Thank you for reading Today’s DCLM Deeper Life Daily Manna 31 March 2021 Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi. God bless you!