Weekly Devotional | "Now That the Election Is Over"

This devotional is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, Now That the Election Is Over, given on November 20, 2016.

Day 1: The Voice of God (v.1-5)

Quotes:

  • “This is the plea of a loving God whose heart has been broken by his peoples’ rejection of him.” David Prior
  • “The Lord draws their attention to his gracious saving acts in the hope of restoring the relationship with them.” C.J. Mahaney

Questions and Reflections:

  • What divine feelings of God does the tone of this passage reveal?
  • According to verses 1-5, what is one way by which God’s people (including us today) can grow weary with God? Conversely, how can you maintain your joy in the Lord?

Prayer Recommendations:

  • It is so easy to forget the countless ways in which God has blessed us. Read Lamentations 3:22-23, ask the Lord to freshly remind you of his blessing in your life, and ask him to deepen your gratitude for his goodness.

 

Day 2: The Voice of God’s People (v.6-7)

Quotes:

  • “God is affectionately pleading with them and addressing their heart, and they respond with questions about religious practices. They respond with questions about religious practices in an attempt to buy God off. This is not what God wants.” C.J. Mahaney
  • “Outwardly the worshiper appears very religious as he bows before God with gift in hand, but, in truth, his insulting questions display a desperately wicked heart. Blinded to God’s gracious character and acts, he reasons within his own depraved frame of reference; he need not change, God must change. In effect by his refusal to repent of his unbelief and injustice, he suggests that God, like man, can be bought.“ Bruce Waltke

Questions and Reflections:

  • If God himself commanded the sacrificial system, why would the sacrifices of verses 6-7 not please him? Compare this passage with Psalm 51:16-17.
  • How does Israel’s response represent a faulty understanding of God’s gracious character? 
  • How is this misunderstanding seen today in the lives of many professing Christians?

Prayer Recommendations:

  • Israel had forgotten what truly pleased God, misjudged his values, and thus distorted the beauty of his character. Ask God to protect you and our church from making this same error by helping us to faithfully understand and obey Scripture.

 

Day 3: The Voice of Micah (v.8)

Quotes:

  • “To act justly is most important, for it does not mean merely to talk about justice, or to get other people to act justly, it means to do the just thing yourself.” James Boyce
  • “I pray the Lord give you a gentle and loving spirit toward all men and a practical conviction that grace alone has made you to differ. Oh, it is easy to acknowledge this in words, but it is a great thing to act suitably to such an acknowledgement.” John Newton
  • “You should be more amazed that you’re saved than that someone else is lost.” C.J. Mahaney

Questions and Reflections:

  • As an image bearer of God, what are a few specific ways that you can treat a potential contentious member of your holiday celebrations with respect? How does God get glory from this?
  • What does showing kindness to enemies of the truth look like in conversations?
  • In which of the three personal qualities that Micah outlines are you strongest? In which are you weakest? What specific opportunities can you expect this holiday season to grow in Christlikeness in these areas?

Prayer Recommendations:

  • If not for Jesus’ sacrifice, no one could perform even the lowliest act of obedience to God’s will. Thank God for the matchless gift of his Son and ask him for a humility that overflows into a grace empowered zeal for obedience this holiday season.