You made the moon to mark the seasons, and the sun knowns when to set. You send the darkness, and it becomes night, when all the forest animals prowl about. Then the young lions roar for their prey, stalking the food provided by God. At dawn they slink back into their dens to rest. Then people go off to their work, where they labor until evening. O Lord, what a variety of things you have made! In wisdom you have made them all. The earth is full of your creatures. Here is the ocean, vast and wide, teeming with life of every kind, both large and small. See the ships sailing along, and Leviathan, which you mad to play in the sea. They all depend on you to give them food as they need it. When you supply it, they gather it. You open your hand to feed them, and they are richly satisfied. But if you turn away from them, they panic. When you take away their breath, they die and turn again to dust. When you give them your breath, life is created, and you renew the face of the earth. Psalm 104: 19-30 NLT
What would make God turn away from us or from any creature? Do you think there is anything you could do that would make God turn away from you? Has there been a time when you have felt panicked, like God has left you? Would God go so far as to take away our breath?
I struggle with this because I think God wants us to live just as God wants us to choose God. However, I don't think God is going to take away our free will. If we completely reject God, God will turn away. Certainly, God will give us a chance for redemption (for me, Jesus is always knocking at the door) but God won't force us to accept it. I pray that you have accepted Christ in your life.
God, you open up your hand and richly feed us. We are immensely satisfied. We give you the praise and the glory. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Copyright 2012 Amelia G. Sims