Psalm 50:1-6; I Kings 14:1-18; I Timothy 1:12-20 (NIV)

We are reminded in Psalm 50 that God is mighty, creator, and sustainer of all creation. God is the judge of people but we learn that the Lord makes judgement with righteousness and justice. If anyone were to judge us we should prefer God who is fair, right, truthful, and just in all his thoughts, evaluations, and decisions. We learn through our readings today that God is also merciful.

In I Kings we meet Jeroboam, the first King of the divided Kingdom of Israel, the ten tribes in the North. David’s son Solomon had elevated Jeroboam to a leader of the laborers because of his hard work. Jeroboam rebelled against Solomon and then fled to Egypt when his rebellion didn’t succeed. Once Solomon dies Jeroboam returns and becomes King over the northern tribes that left the previously united Israel.

The problem with Jeroboam was his unfaithfulness to God and leading the people to worship idols and forsake the Lord. He and his family come under God’s fair and righteous judgment and his reign comes to an end. Yet he ruled for some 22 years.

Had Jeroboam responded to God as Paul did with repentance, a change of heart and confession things would have been different. Paul, in I Timothy 1:12-20, writes to Timothy about “The grace of our Lord [which] was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.” When we have a change of heart and confess our sins we are shown God’s abundant mercy and forgiveness.

Paul reminds Timothy of something we should all remember, treasure and give thanks, “15 Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst.” How good to know that Jesus’ “immense patience” is available to us!

Today I encourage you to give thanks that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” just like you and me. Let’s say today with Paul, “Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.” (vs. 17) Let us hold “on to faith and a good conscience” in our journey as disciples of Jesus.

Prayer: Wonderful, All Mighty, and Gracious God we give you thanks this day for your extraordinary mercy, grace, and love given to us in Christ Jesus. We thank you that in Jesus you still save sinners, even us. We make this prayer in Savior’s name, Amen and Amen!