The cost of taking God’s Grace and Mercy for granted

by Mike Ratliff

1 Now it happened at the end of two full years that Pharaoh had a dream, and behold, he was standing by the Nile. 2 And lo, from the Nile there came up seven cows, sleek and fat; and they grazed in the marsh grass. 3 Then behold, seven other cows came up after them from the Nile, ugly and gaunt, and they stood by the other cows on the bank of the Nile. 4 The ugly and gaunt cows ate up the seven sleek and fat cows. Then Pharaoh awoke. 5 He fell asleep and dreamed a second time; and behold, seven ears of grain came up on a single stalk, plump and good. 6 Then behold, seven ears, thin and scorched by the east wind, sprouted up after them. 7 The thin ears swallowed up the seven plump and full ears. Then Pharaoh awoke, and behold, it was a dream. Genesis 41:1-7 (NASB) 

My walk with the Lord since He had mercy on my back in January, 1986 has not been a continual upward climb along the straight path to the celestial hills that are close unto the celestial city. Yes, I have had wonderful times of close, intimate worship and times in the Word, but I have also had times where I have become distracted. I have always regretted the outcome of those times and have, of course, repented. However, I would dearly love to be able to go back to those times and tell myself to get back on track, to not take what I have in Christ for granted. C.H. Spurgeon fully understood this. Continue reading