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June 7, 2013

Verna Davis: Way out of ruts is through grace and mercy

Go about five miles west of Guernsey, Wyoming, and you might fall into some ruts. During the Oregon Trail years, so many wagons traveled through the soft sandstone there that deep ruts were formed — some as deep as 4 to 6 feet.

We understand a thing or two about ruts, don't we? We do the same thing over and over in the same way so often we dig ourselves into some might deep ruts.

For instance, one rut we have gotten ourselves into is regular church attendance. That's right, sometimes we attend church only because we are in a rut we can't seem to find a way out of. Attending church on Sunday morning is what is expected of us. It's what we've done for so long we've worn a Sunday morning rut between our house and God's house.

We go to church because it's Sunday, and that's what we do. And God knows that's why we're there, too. Isaiah 29:13 says, "The Lord says, 'These people come near to me with their mouths and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is made up only of rules taught by men'."

God wants us to get out of our attendance rut so we can worship Him. Sometimes we can allow our complacency about God's love to get us in a rut.

California-based Preacher Francis Chan says that we rely on His forgiveness so much, that we come to the place in the rut where we think: "I am more concerned about being saved from the penalty of my sin than I am from being saved from my sin."

Deep in our ruts, we have forgotten how to hate sin. Oh, sure, we hate getting caught in sin, but only because it's embarrassing to get caught. In our rut, we forget that sin is born in evil, and we should hate the sin in our lives because we know that our sin separates us from God.

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