Deserve

Deserve – to be worthy of, qualified for, or have a claim to reward, punishment, recompense, etc.:

We can be fierce about our rights.

Speaking out clearly, firmly, even loudly when we perceive that those rights to which we believe ourselves entitled, deserving of, are being threatened.

We can be fierce about our rights but ignorant or silent about the unearned privileges we have due, for example, to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, place of birth, gender, with the most significant unearned privilege being the one highlighted in the following verses of Scripture:

“If You, Lord, should keep an account of our sins and treat us accordingly, O Lord, who could stand [before you in judgment and claim innocence]? But there is forgiveness with You, That You may be feared and worshiped [with submissive wonder].” (Psalms 130:3‭-‬4 AMP).

“The Lord is merciful and gracious, Slow to anger and abounding in compassion and lovingkindness. He will not always strive with us, Nor will He keep His anger forever. He has not dealt with us according to our sins [as we deserve], Nor rewarded us [with punishment] according to our wickedness. For as the heavens are high above the earth, So great is His lovingkindness toward those who fear and worship Him [with awe-filled respect and deepest reverence].” (Psalms 103:8‭-‬11 AMP).

God does not treat us as our sins deserve. But what does He deserve? What are His rights, given that He is the Source of everything? The Creator and the Sustainer of all that is? What does He deserve?

I will attempt to name a few.

He deserves our relentless pursuit, in the mold that David spoke of in Psalm 42:1, “As the deer pants for the water brooks, So pants my soul for You, O God.” (NKJV).

Our whole heart, whole soul, whole mind love.

Our full, ongoing surrender. Nothing held back.

Our unquestioning obedience.

Our unwavering trust.

Our ceaseless praise.

Our riveted attention.

Our awe.

Our gratitude.

But too often what we offer is faithlessness.

Rebellion.

Divided hearts.

Distracted minds.

Doubt.

Unbelief.

Complaining.

Irreverence.

And yet He loves us still.

And pursues us.

And keeps drawing us to Himself. 

We can be fierce about our rights.

Speaking out clearly, firmly, even loudly when we perceive that those rights to which we believe ourselves entitled, deserving of, are being threatened.

We can be fierce about our rights but ignorant or silent about the unearned privileges we have due to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, place of birth, gender, etc. 

But what about Elohim’s rights? What does He deserve given that He is the Source of everything? The Creator and the Sustainer of all that is? What does He deserve?

I used last week’s writing prompt from the writing community, Five Minute Friday, as the seed for this post. Thanks, Kate Motaung. The definition for, “Deserve,” shared in this post is from the website Dictionary.com.

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