Punishment and Unconditional Love: Are we taking God for granted?

Job 29-30 and Psalm 78

For today, we were supposed to read Job 29 and 30 along with Psalms 78. When I read this I had a few things pop into my head. What do I want from God? God’s unconditional love, punishment from God, and am I taking God for granted? The last three were my biggest ones. These two books show a lot of God’s unconditional love. With every punishment God has given these people, he also shows them his unconditional love. (Psalm 78:17-18) No matter what happens God will always show you his unconditional love, whether you feel you deserve it or not. In everyday life you will always see his unconditional love. Going along with this theme, we can ask ourselves, are we taking him for granted? Psalms 78:11 says “ They forgot what he had done, the wonders he had shown them” How often do we come to God to thank him and remember what he’s done for us, rather than asking him for something we need? When I pray I always ask him for something, rarely do I remember to give thanks to him for his mercy is greater than anything I could imagine. Psalm 78:22 “ for they did not believe in God or trust in his deliverance.” Have you ever had your back turned on him, because something didn’t seem fair to you? I feel we often doubt him because something wrong happened and you can feel betrayed or feel like he doesn’t know what he’s doing. We must trust in him that he has a plan bigger than what we can see. My last thought is, have you ever thought about how much he has done for us? His unconditional love is so great that he would do anything for us.

-Genesis Dylewski – a teen who is working hard at creating Atomic Habits and sharing God’s goodness with others. Thank you, Genesis!

Today’s Bible reading passages can be read or listened to at BibleGateway here – Job 29-30 and Psalm 78

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