Need a touch of God’s mercy but not sure he’s willing to give you a fresh dose? Good news: God doesn’t do leftovers!

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I have a confession to make: The only time I like leftovers is when I’m not in the mood to cook!

Like last night.

I was tired. I had a tough day solving problems and technical issues on one of my websites as well as conflicts with booking speaking engagements.

At the end of yesterday when my family was asking, “Mom, what’s for dinner?”

I didn’t have it in me to lift a finger. Have you been there?

I just didn’t even want to invest any energy even thinking about what I could whip up because I had nothing planned nothing!

I looked at my 16 yr old daughter and said sheepishly…

“Leftovers?”

She wasn’t thrilled.

How about you? Do you like leftovers?

I typically don’t like leftovers unless they are YUMMY!

So have you been in a spot where you looked up at God and said, “What have you got for me?

I’m hungry in the relationship area. I’m hungry in the health arena. I’m hungry in my job for a promotion… “God, what have you got for me?”

Listen: You will NEVER hear God say: “Leftovers!”

Here’s how I know God doesn’t do leftovers:

His mercies are new every morning.

Look at what the Bible says in Lamentations 3:22-23

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. (ESV)

I Love that last line – “Great is thy faithfulness”…even when I’m not.

Yep, God is faithful to you even when you’re not faithful to him.

That’s mercy! That’s grace!

And he doesn’t assess what you’ve done that day or haven’t done – and say – “Nope, you haven’t done enough for me or others today – So I’m not giving you something new – You’re just getting leftovers!”

NO! His mercies are new every morning. 

  • Some mornings you may need more patience than others.
  • Some days you may need more love for a coworker.
  • Some days you may need a little more strength to get the job done, or the house cleaned, or the oil changed or the diapers changed.
  • Some days you need more strength to get through a chemotherapy treatment.
  • Some days you need more help than others.

Know what? God doesn’t serve up what’s left over from the day before!
He serves up something fresh and new!

Unlike me – I turn to leftovers when I’m too tapped out to cook or lacking time. God’s got his world under more control than I do.

He’s capable of whipping up something new for you every morning. Every day. He has unlimited resources!

So to you who’s marriage is falling apart, yes, you, the one who wrote to me and said your husband walked out on you… God’s got new mercies for you tomorrow morning.

You who wrote me and said you’re weak from sickness and disease – God has new mercy for you today.

You who are depressed and down – God’s mercies are waiting for you today. And he’s got everything you could possibly need to get you through your day. And the next day and the next day!

Reminds me of the scripture, Psalm 23:6

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life. (ESV)

Let me paraphrase that – Surely, goodness and mercy shall follow you – all the days of your life.

God’s mercies are new for you every morning. And, they’re going to follow you through out your day!

God doesn’t do leftovers – aren’t you glad!

Click here for the podcast version of Why God Doesn’t Serve You Leftovers.

If You Lost Your Toes Like This Guy Did, What Would You Think of God’s Grace?

Warning: This is a bit graphic, but it’s a true story…

I visited a guy in the hospital who had the toes on his right foot sawed off. Amputated to be exact. Same thing really. They’re gone. And according to him, they were just hacked off. What’s worse is that by this time next week the surgeon will be loping off his entire foot and leg right up to his knee. Not a happy day.

He’s wondering what he did to deserve this. He’s wondering why God didn’t value the fact that he’s a good man and does good things for others. He’s wondering why God doesn’t see how hard he’s worked all of his life to be a good dad and husband.

He gave to those in need. He helped with his hands. He has been a good man. But apparently it wasn’t enough for God.

Is it ever? 

Why do we get sucked into believing it comes down to what we’ve done? How is it we have been brainwashed into thinking that if we live right and holy lives God will be good to us and bless our socks off?

Tell that to the man who will only wear one sock. Yeah, this guy who will only have one foot. He’ll only wear one shoe. And he’ll either walk with a prosthetic or not at all.

Where does his deeds come into play? Shouldn’t that be enough insurance in God’s eyes to save his toes, foot, and his fingers too?

That’s were you have it wrong.

It’s not about what you do. It’s about what Christ did for you.

As I sat beside this man’s hospital bed, he shared he was petrified that the doctors and nurses were out to kill him. He began to wonder if God was too.

He said to me, “God brought you here. Now, you can help me. You can give me peace.” I hated to argue with him. But he thought I was the one who was going to make it right for him.

You Can’t Borrow Someone Else’s “Good”

See, since he couldn’t rely on his own good deeds to rescue him, he was trying to rely on mine. No can do. That still won’t work. We can’t borrow anyone’s good and apply it to our situation.

The only good we can borrow is Christ’s. Again and again the NT tells us that it’s not by our works that save us. It’s not our good intentions that bring us God’s grace. It’s through Christ.

I had a tough time trying to help this man understand this. The grace and healing he needed was there for the taking. It was free but he insisted on paying for it. And when he couldn’t produce what he thought were enough works to pay for what he needed, he tried to access mine.

But, I couldn’t pay for what he needed either. 

Over and over again I kept explaining, I can’t believe for you. You have to believe. That’s all it takes. Believe in what Christ has done for you. That is the only thing you need to grab the gift of grace is faith. It’s free if you will believe.

Galatians 3:3-6 NLT

How foolish can you be? After starting your Christian lives in the Spirit, why are you now trying to become perfect by your own human effort? Have you experienced so much for nothing? Surely it was not in vein, was it?

I ask you again, does God give you the Holy Spirit and work miracles among you because you obey the law? Of course not! It is because you believe the message you heard about Christ.

In the same way, “Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith.

No one pays for it but Christ.

The problem is that if we try to pay for it, we will be stuck in that system of payment. Sadly we will never have enough to pay for what we need. That’s why we don’t get the blessings of God IF we’re still trying to pay for it ourselves.

So stop working to buy your miracle.

You can’t do enough to pay for the grace you need.

If you keep trying to buy it yourself, you’ll never get it.

You can’t afford it, that’s why Christ had to buy it for you.

When you finally realize salvation and miracles are free, you’ll get the grace and mercy you need.