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Summary: Know the attractive qualities of God that will draw you to Him. If you behold any one them, no one needs to force or convince you to admire and praise Him!

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Could you afford to reject God? Could you just set aside His Supreme Goodness?

Would you be interested in something other than Him?

David, who had a glimpse of His Divine Beauty, declared:

"One thing I have asked from the LORD, that I shall seek:

That I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life,

To behold the beauty of the LORD,

And to meditate in His temple" (Ps. 27:4, NAS).

"To behold the BEAUTY of the LORD"!!

Beauty attracts! It does not repulse!

We do not tend to reject something beautiful! We do not close our eyes to it. We are drawn toward it! We gravitate towards it.

If something beautiful that is created just out of nothing attracts us, how much more He Who Creates every beauty now and forevermore?

God’s Beauty is unsurpassed. He who beholds Him will so admire Him and will rejoice that he is in His Presence.

Also, we read in Isaiah 1:2-3:

"Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth!

For the LORD has spoken:

’I have nourished and brought up children,

And they have rebelled against Me;

The ox knows its owner

And the donkey its master’s crib;

But Israel does not know,

My people do not consider’" (NKJV).

We naturally drew nearer and attached ourselves to the one who nourished and brought us up.

God nourishes us!

But there are those who do NOT know. There are those who do not consider that God is their Loving and Sovereign Provider. They may know Him in their head, but NOT in their heart. They have their own human concept of God.

Blessed, indeed, are those whom God reveals Himself to them as their Heavenly Father Who nourishes them!

God attracts also because of His Great Mercy.

Consider the mercy shown by the good Samaritan in Luke 10:30-35:

"A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who ripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion. So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, ’Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you’" (NKJV).

Do we "see" God in that story?

If we realized that we were also the "victim" of Satan, we became "spiritually UNconscious" and because God took pity on us, He "saved" us -- not just by taking care of us and bringing us to an inn, but He made us alive "and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus" (Eph. 2:6).

When the victim of the thieves would realize what the Samaritan had done to him, would he appreciate and admire him for his mercy?

Are we also so grateful for the mercy we received from the Good Samaritan (God)? Do we find Him attractive or repulsive?


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