God is Gracious Toward Sinners

Let’s get your family together and continue our journey through the Westminster Confession (for this devotion, you will need your Bible, and different foods that do not complement one another):

Did you know that when you eat certain foods it will change the way that other foods taste? Let’s try eating this chocolate chip cookie and right after let’s drink some orange juice. Or let’s eat a pickle and chase it down with some yogurt! Maybe you’ve done this before by brushing your teeth right before you eat something. Who wants minty breakfast? Eating the one thing completely changes the way that you experience the next. It’s almost like our taste buds go blind for a minute.

Did you know that sin has completely altered the way that we look at God? This is something that the Bible refers to as “spiritual blindness.” We talked about this earlier, but today we are going to discover just a couple of the ways that God overcomes our blindness to Him.

Let’s start by reading 2 Corinthians 4:3-4 together. Paul is writing to a church and he is defending his ministry to the church in Corinth. He is saying that he is preaching the true Gospel but that some people don’t understand it because Satan has blinded their minds! In fact, in Paul’s first letter to the Corinthian church, he says that these people are so mixed up inside that they see God’s gift of Jesus as something that smells like death! Talk about twisted tastebuds!

But how does God overcome this? The first way we see God’s kindness and mercy toward even those who sin against Him. Let’s read Acts 14:15-17. Paul begs the people in Lystra to see God’s kindness to them and to see that it is God beckoning them to come back to Him. In Romans 2, Paul tells us that this kindness is meant to lead people to repentance. But man’s heart is still hard! So then we see that God must make the blind see. In 2 Timothy 2:24-26, Paul makes clear that God, who is stronger than Satan, can cure our altered tastebuds. He has to change our altered minds, our altered hearts, our altered eyes, and even our altered tastebuds so that we can “taste and see that the Lord is good!”

Let’s praise God that He is so gracious to us that even when we are His enemies, He still reaches out to sinners to save them!

Reaction Activity

  • Let’s sing Kindness together as a family.
  • Let’s see what other combinations of food we can come up with that changes our tastebuds.
  • Thank God for giving us more grace than we deserve. Ask Him to soften our hearts toward Him and bring us to repent of sin.
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