Time For God: June 12

Written by Paul Beckingham

Focus: Genesis 1:2:
He created them male and female, and blessed them and called them Mankind in the day they were created.
 
Reflect:
Hi-tech farmers drive the coolest vehicles. Literally. Today’s combine harvesters come with many features—airflow is paramount among them. Air-suspended seats come with lower-back air conditioning. The immense list of features ensures their default mode of operational blessing. Driver comfort and safety are top of mind in long hours of harvesting bumper yields.

The angle of the windshield allows farmers to see the crop being threshed below. Wide touch-screen controls bring NASA-style tools into a farm environment. Reversing cameras, safety lights, warning alarms, and self-correcting technology are at work. Adjustable control monitors regulate forward speed, the height of the cutting table, and grain loss measurements. Engine fault codes relay vital data through screens as drivers enjoy ergonomic drive handles to relieve stress. Seat belts, longitudinal shock absorption, and extra storage for clothes are listed in the design details. Even a handy cooler for snacks and drinks can be added. An automated, hands-free, steering system installs directly into the hydraulic system. It steers the vehicle on line with maximum precision. These default modes let farmers focus on the job ahead.

God has a default mode for Mankind, too. Humankind’s primary default reality is that of God’s richest blessing—grace upon grace, and hearts renewed. At creation, God makes male and female. Together, they form the inclusive category called Mankind. God grants them that name. He creates, designates, and blesses them. He makes them to enjoy His blessing—to receive it and to be it. We are created to receive and know His favor resting on us. God’s great rescue plan in Jesus restores our default relationship marked by His blessing.

Salvation is God’s idea. He designs its cruciform pattern. An act of faith, moved by the Holy Spirit’s prompting, reconciles a human heart to the God who is grace upon grace. Redemption—purchasing from sin’s slave-market—comes only at the highest cost. Christ pays a price that we never can; He carries our penalty in his body, nailing our guilt to the cross of shame.
 
Consider:
How do you experience God’s grace and blessing, today? How do you recognize yourself to be at rest in God’s abundant blessing? Who needs you to be and share a blessing, today?

Pray:
O God, seeing as there is in Christ Jesus an infinite fullness of all that we can want or desire, may we all receive from him, grace upon grace; grace to pardon our sins, and subdue our iniquities; to justify our persons and to sanctify our souls; and to complete that holy change, that renewal of our hearts, Which will enable us to be transformed into the blessed image in which you created us. O make us all acceptable to be partakers of the inheritance of your saints in light. Amen. (John Wesley)
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