The AMI QT Devotionals from September 11-17 are provided by Pastor Jason Sato who serves at OTR in Cincinnati. Jason, a graduate of UC San Diego (B.S.) and Westminster Theological Seminary in California (M.Div.), is married to Jessica, and they have two young children: Jonah and Lily.
Devotional Thoughts for Today
Genesis 3:1-5 (ESV)
Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?”  And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden,  but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’”  But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die.  For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
Do you have any unreasonable people in your life? An unreasonable boss? An unreasonable pastor? An unreasonable parent? How about an unreasonable God?
Adam and Eve live in paradise. They dwell with their Creator. They are given every tree in the garden except one. And then the serpent comes along and says to Eve, “Did God really say you can’t eat of any of the trees in the garden? Why is He so unreasonable?” To her credit, Eve corrects the serpent and tells him they can eat of many trees. But at the same time, she mentions that they cannot so much as touch the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. A bit of doubt regarding God’s generosity has crept into her mind. The serpent then ups the ante. Not only is God unreasonable, but He is also either wrong or a liar. According to the serpent, sin does not lead to death. Rather, it leads to life and power.
The transition between thinking someone is unreasonable and thinking they are either wrong or have questionable motives is fairly quick. An unreasonable boss seems to make only wrong choices. An unreasonable parent appears to really be looking out only for themselves. An unreasonable God seems to not know or not care about what will really be good for us.
Brothers and sisters, our Father is not unreasonable when He calls us to flee and fight against sin which leads to death and separates us from Him. He is not wrong when He says that dying to ourselves is gain. His motives are pure. He is for us! May we reject every lie that says otherwise.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You that You are the God who never changes, whose goodness and love and glory are ever the same. Give me grace that I would not believe lies about You. You are a good Father.
Bible Reading for Today: Isaiah 33
Lunch Break Study
Read Romans 8:31-35 (ESV): What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?  He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?  Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies.  Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.  Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?
Question to Consider
- What does the passage say about God the Father?
- What does the passage say about Jesus?
- What does the passage say about God’s people?
- God is for us. He gave his Son for us and will give us all things.
- Jesus died, was raised, and is at the right hand of God interceding for us.
- We have God on our side, we are justified not condemned, and we will not be separated from the love of Christ.
Reflect on your day. Was there a time when God did not seem to be a good Father? Speak with Him honestly and ask for grace to see Him as He truly is.