Susan Aken’s title says it all, summing up our greatest cause for praise:
Please Don’t Give Me What I Deserve!
“Hey! I have a right to be in this lane. Get out of my way!”
“Why is my pizza cold? I have a right to receive it hot and fresh. I paid for it.”
“Why isn’t my cable operating? I have a right to good service.”
We love to talk about rights in our culture. We feel entitled to many things. We deserve to be happy. We believe we have the right to everything from unhindered access while driving to being first in line at the grocery store to having our family the way we want them. After all, we have the right to life, liberty and the
pursuit of happiness. Don’t we?
But do we deserve all that? To “deserve” means to be worthy, to have a claim to or be qualified for (reward or punishment), to be entitled to. It implies that we have earned this right.
What have we earned the right to experience?
The Bible says, “There is no one righteous, not even one.” Romans 3:10 and “For the wages of sin is death.” Romans 6:23a
Since we are all sinners and the wages of sin is death, what we have “earned” the right to is death. What each human being “deserves” is eternal separation from God. This truth is what makes Psalm 103:10 some of the most wonderful words ever written:
“He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities.”
Praise God He does not give us what we deserve!
Why not? He is perfect and holy. He has the right to punish our sins.
Instead He chose to rescue us. He sent Jesus, His perfect Son, as a baby who would grow up, suffer and die for us as hopeless
sinners. Why would He do that?
“The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love…for as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His love for those who fear him.” Psalm 103: 8,11
His great love gives us what we don’t deserve.
I have brief moments when I think I am good. Than in an instant I am filled with envy, jealousy, unkindness or selfishness so much that I know I don’t deserve His grace. My heart apart from Him is wicked.
Those moments help me realize that I don’t “deserve” anything but I am given grace in everything.
That He could love me in spite of knowing what my sinful heart is like overwhelms me.
Father, thank you for loving me so much you were willing to send Jesus to die for my sins. Thank you that you do not give me what I deserve. Thank you that I am free from the penalty of my sin. Nothing can compare to you! I cling to your grace. I rest in your abundant love.
Susan Aken is a homemaker, substitute teacher and writer. She lives in Nebraska but was born and raised in Oklahoma. Her greatest love is for the Lord Jesus Christ who has redeemed her and set her free. Her other loves are her husband and son (she is now an empty nester). Susan enjoys reading, photography, spending time with family and friends and writing. She has a heart for prayer ministry and loves her church! Visit her online at Soaring With Butterfly Wings and check out her inspiring photos at SusanAkenInspiringPhotos
Amazing Hope: Reflections on Hope in the Midst of a Crazy World:
This is a 40-day devotional book on the topic of hope. Each day’s devotion includes verses from the Bible, inspirational thoughts by the author, reflection questions and a prayer. The topics include many of the struggles common to us all such as parenting, death, fear, sin, and the futility of daily life. There are also devotions on the character of God, the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, the power of God’s word and other topics. These writings express the hope that gets me through each day and I pray they will also help you.
For those following our Call to Praise Blog Hop Posts, visit the following:
April 2: Marji Laine hosted on Asslyson Carter’s blog, discussing what it means to live anew in God’s grace.
April 4: Susan Aken will visit Delia Latham’s blog to share her thoughts on Psalm103:14, discussing the what it means when Scripture says God knows we are weak
April 9: Carol McClain will post right here, on my blog, discussing God’s sovereignty and power.
April 11th I’ll tie up our series on Ginger Solomon‘s blog, calling each of us to be fully present when we praise.
And before you go, to help us truly appreciate what Christ did for us, fellow Faith, Friends, and Chocolate blogger and biblical fiction writer Carole Towriss wrote a powerful story on the resurrection, told through the eyes of one of Jesus’ executioners. You can read part one here, part two here, and part three here.
I’ve often said that if we all received what we deserved, we’d be pretty miserable. Thanks for the reminder.