Which side of His grace do you want to see?

It would seem that we are always under God’s protection. He always gives us a measure of grace. You have no idea how many injuries God has protected you from. It is very possible that God has supernaturally intervened in the past to save your life.

I know in my life, and in the lives of many others, God has been gracious. He gives simple protection from forgetfulness, absentmindedness, fluke accidents, and many other mishaps. But if we remove ourselves from His service, He may remove His gracious protection.

If we examine the story of Jonah, we find that when Jonah decided to disobey God, things didn’t work out so well. His transportation was interrupted and he was thrown into the sea. God was still gracious. He had a fish swallow Jonah so that he would not drown. Jonah would stay in the fish until he decided he wanted to serve God.

Now, I am not suggesting that you will be swallowed by a fish if you decide to disobey God. But the principle holds true. If you decide to go against the will of God, you may find yourself in serious trouble. You may find yourself forgetting things, your relationships may start having difficulties, who knows, you may even sustain a physical injury.

God didn’t have a problem with allowing Jonah to soak in fish acid for a while until he was ready to serve. I’m sure his hair and skin became bleached and unhealthy. It’s possible that the ordeal affected him for the rest of his life. But get this, his continuance in sin and rebellion would have had consequences extending to all eternity. God was gracious by punishing Jonah until he repented.

If you are a Christian, you are God’s child. Nothing can change that, He will always love you. But I ask you, what side of God’s grace to you want to see? Do you want to see God’s grace, favor, and love through his rewarding of your obedience? Or do you want to see God’s grace, favor, and love through His chastisement of your sin?

It’s your choice.

For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. – Hebrews 12:6

Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. – Isaiah 55:7

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