In a world that wants to be told it’s always making the right choice and that everything will work out magically in the end, we have an example of how God works. He too wants to comfort us when we see the wages of our sin mounting, but he does not do it in the way we would think. For Israel, he makes a solemn oath that he will fight for their benefit, even while he dishes out the consequences of their behavior. While he allows them to suffer, he does not lord it over them or kick them while their down. He will defend them while they are vulnerable. He will empower them while they are weak. He will fight off the vultures of physical and spiritual forces that seek ill will against them. Even in their evil towards him, he will never forget his love for them. This is a picture of who we have fighting for us, and it is a picture of we should seek to be in character and practice. Consequences must come and righteousness must win out but grace and tenderheartedness must abound.
MY NAME IS JOSH MCGARY.
First, I am a Pastor of a small church in Portland, Oregon named Aletheia Bible Fellowship. We call it ABF. I have been a pastor there for the better part of 20 years.
I am very eclectic. What I love, I love loudly and immersively. I have notable collections of toys, funko pops, and vinyl. I also infamously love pop culture, comic books, technology, the arts, psychology and philosophy.
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