God…Changed His Mind

God changed his mind

When God saw what they had done and how they had put a stop to their evil ways, he changed his mind and did not carry out the destruction he had threatened. – Jonah 3:10 (NLT)

 Some say that God does not, or cannot change His mind. Yet when the citizens of Nineveh repented at the preaching of Jonah, God held back from His plans to destroy them and instead covered them with His mercy and grace. It wasn’t as if God had planned this all along, as He had made it quite clear that Nineveh would be destroyed – no ifs, ands, or buts about it.  So why did God change His mind? It was because the behavior of the people of Nineveh had changed. Their change in lifestyle resulted in a change in their destiny. God respects and reacts to the decisions and commitments we make for Him.circle

The Bible is quite clear in telling us that none of us deserve the mercy of God. We are each personally responsible for rebelling against Him, and we are all deserving of God’s wrath. Yet when we accept the fact that Jesus took the Father’s fury upon Himself and paid the price necessary to alleviate the guilt placed on our accounts, we find ourselves in the fortunate state of experiencing God’s mercy. And while we are expected to change our behavior as a result of our newfound commitment to God, we find that grace was given because of the behavior of another – namely, Jesus Christ. Because of Christ’s sacrifice, and our acceptance of it, God did not and will not “carry out the destruction He had threatened.”

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Barry L. Davis spent two decades as a pastor and now works full-time writing and ministering to others in Christian ministry as well as to anyone else who is interested in learning and living out the Word of God. Learn more at: http://amazon.com/author/barrydavis

Choosing Our Life’s Path

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For the LORD watches over the path of the godly, but the path of the wicked leads to destruction. – Psalm 1:6 (NLT)

Today’s religious pluralists would have us believe that there are many paths to God – one takes the path of Buddhism, another Taoism, and yet another, the path of Christianity. The analogy has been made that we are all traveling on a spiritual freeway, each going down a different lane, but all ending up at the same destination. Nothing could be further from the truth.

There are only two paths made available to us, and only two paths. One path leads to God and the other path leads away from Him. Each person makes his own choice as to which path he will walk down, and in doing so each person decides his fate in both this life and the life yet to come. For those who choose God’s path, there is an assurance that He will watch over them, protect them, and give them a hope that will not be shaken. Those who choose the path of the wicked have only eternal destruction to look forward to. The choice that we make today will have perpetual ramifications for the life to come. Praise God for giving us the gift of choice.

Reflection Questions:

1) If you are a Christian, does it bring you comfort to know that God is watching over your path?

2) Why would someone choose the path of destruction? What can you do today for those who have chosen the wrong path?

3) Is God watching you right now? Give Him praise!

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Barry L. Davis spent two decades as a pastor and now works full-time writing and ministering to others in Christian ministry as well as to anyone else who is interested in learning and living out the Word of God. Learn more at: http://amazon.com/author/barrydavis