Vending machines are simple – drop in a few coins, get your drink or treat, turn your back and walk away. You do your part, they do their part and everybody is happy – except when they don’t do their part. If the vending machine “eats” your coin, you find yourself tapping, pounding, kicking or otherwise inducing it to respond in the way you expected. Sometimes it coughs up the product and sometimes you walk away without coins or treats but brimming with frustration.
It is strange how many people approach God on their own terms as though they want to cut a deal with an Almighty God in exchange for a little pleasure. As long as we feel spiritual, live by our own sense of right and wrong, do some good works and confess when we’ve messed up, we think we can expect a decent return on our ‘investment’.
God is not an impersonal vending machine. He is the Almighty and eternal Creator God who wants a relationship with us according to His own perfect view of it. We are spiritually bankrupt – without anything of value to bring to Him. “All our righteousnesses are like filthy rags” (Isaiah 64:6). We have offended Him with our sin. “Your iniquities have separated you from your God” (Isaiah 59:2). God wants us to come to Him, not with good works and great words but with humility and repentance – recognizing that we deserve not treats but judgment. “The wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23).
When we come to God in repentance, we discover that His goodness greatly exceeds our expectations. “You are God, ready to pardon, gracious and merciful, slow to anger, abundant in kindness” (Nehemiah 9:17). We find a God of love and goodness. Acknowledge your sin and reach out by faith to receive His undeserved and unearned love and goodness.
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