For God's name sake
“Our fathers understood not thy wonders in Egypt; they remembered not the multitude of thy mercies; but provoked him at the sea, even at the Red sea. Nevertheless he saved them for his name's sake, that he might make his mighty power to be known. They soon forgat his works; they waited not for his counsel: But lusted exceedingly in the wilderness, and tempted God in the desert. And he gave them their request; but sent leanness into their soul.” Psalm 106:7-8, 13-15 KJV https://bible.com/bible/1/psa.106.7-15.kjv
Don’t mistake God’s public deliverance for an endorsement of a pattern of bad behavior. The children of Isreal were so taken up by short term benefits as a basis of their relationship with God that they were always quick to complain as soon as things were not going their way. However, like a favorite child, God somehow always managed to come through for them for the sake of the covenant with their fathers and for his name sake as seen in the Bible reading today. Despite their murmuring at the Red Sea, God saved them because it would be a slight on God’s name that the whole nation who were said to be going to worship God when they left Egypt perished along the way. The Isrealites continued to provoke God and so in the wilderness he gave them what they wanted but then added leanness into their soul. Imagine how empty it feels when you chase down something so badly but lose your peace in the process. Like the bread of deceit that turns to gravel in a person’s mouth. So, there is a need to be careful to not take the saving grace of God for granted because while he may save you at instances for the sake of the calling on your life, there may be bigger repercussions. Remember, the Bible asks what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul.
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for your love. Thank you for the covering over my life. Please Lord, help me through the word and the prompting of the Holy Spirit to not take your grace and covering for granted. Please save me from my self and murmuring. 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾