Vending machines are simple – dropÂ in a few coins, get your drink orÂ treat, turn your back and walk away.Â You do your part, they do their partÂ and everybody is happy – except whenÂ they donâ€™t do their part. If the vendingÂ machine â€œeatsâ€ your coin, you findÂ yourself tapping, pounding, kicking orÂ otherwise inducing it to respond in theÂ way you expected. Sometimes it coughsÂ up the product and sometimes youÂ walk away without coins or treats butÂ brimming with frustration.
It is strange how many peopleÂ approach God on their own terms asÂ though they want to cut a deal with anÂ Almighty God in exchange for a littleÂ pleasure. As long as we feel spiritual, liveÂ by our own sense of right and wrong, doÂ some good works and confess when weâ€™veÂ messed up, we think we can expect aÂ decent return on our â€˜investmentâ€™.
God is not an impersonal vendingÂ machine. He is the Almighty and eternalÂ Creator God who wants a relationshipÂ with us according to His own perfectÂ view of it. We are spiritually bankruptÂ – without anything of value to bring toÂ Him. â€œAll our righteousnesses are like filthyÂ ragsâ€ (Isaiah 64:6). We have offendedÂ Him with our sin. â€œYour iniquities haveÂ separated you from your Godâ€ (Isaiah 59:2).Â God wants us to come to Him, not withÂ good works and great words but withÂ humility and repentance – recognizingÂ that we deserve not treats but judgment.Â â€œThe wages of sin is deathâ€ (Romans 6:23).
When we come to God in repentance,Â we discover that His goodness greatlyÂ exceeds our expectations. â€œYou areÂ God, ready to pardon, gracious and merciful,Â slow to anger, abundant in kindnessâ€Â (Nehemiah 9:17). We find a God of loveÂ and goodness. Acknowledge your sinÂ and reach out by faith to receive HisÂ undeserved and unearned love andÂ goodness.
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