The children of Israel took the ark of the covenant to the battlefield and it was captured. While in captivity, the ark destroyed Dagon without any human assistance. When it was clear that the woes among the Philistines were caused by the ark of God, they returned it to Israel on a cart. God didn’t rebuke them because the philistines did not know any better.
God will overlook some things unbelievers do but He won’t overlook it in the life of believers. One of the lessons we must learn in walking with God is that there is a grace factor that goes towards sinners and another towards believers. The grace that goes towards believers is a grace that makes and moulds us. The grace that goes towards sinners is a grace that accepts them.
These two kinds of graces are very different from each other. It will be very wrong for you as a believer to keep behaving like a sinner in the presence of your Heavenly Father every time. Instead, you should receive grace to be continuously conformed to what He wants you to be. That you saw an unbeliever do something and God did not reprimand him, does not mean that God will accept the same from you because He expects you to know better. Don’t compare yourself to sinners, instead compare yourself to Jesus who was in all points tempted like as we are but without sin.
PRAYER: Lord, from today, I say NO to every form of ungodliness that I have tolerated because I didn’t understand that Your grace was to help me be like You in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Bible in a year: Nehemiah 5:14-7:73a, 1 Corinthians 8:1-13, Psalm 33:1-11, Proverbs 21:8-10