True Repentance and God’s Faithfulness
Saturday, January 19, 2019
“Then those of Israelite lineage separated themselves from all foreigners; and they stood and confessed their sins and the iniquities of their fathers.” “They refused to obey, and they were not mindful of Your wonders that you did among them. But they hardened their necks, and in their rebellion they appointed a leader To return to their bondage. But You are God, Ready to pardon, Gracious and merciful, Slow to anger, Abundant in kindness, And did not forsake them.” –Nehemiah 9:2, 17 (NKJV)
vv.2, 17 The history of God’s dealings with Israel is an epitome of His dealing with us. Fortunate for us it is that we are not represented by our promises and prayers but by Jesus Christ, in whom we are accepted.
When we are in a state of sin, it is like riding a bicycle into the wind—God appears to be against us. Yet, like the bicyclist who turns around and finds that the wind is helping him; if we truly repent and change the direction of our lives, we will find God working with us. God didn’t change—we did, (Green, 2000, p. 340). The Bible declares that, “Jesus Christ is the same, yesterday, today, and forever,” (Hebrews 13:8).
Father, thank You for pursuing us with an everlasting love. Thank You for making us Your children and loving us. We praise You for Your faithfulness and trustworthiness. Please help us to remain faithful to you.
1. How did God repay His people for their unfaithfulness? In what ways is God’s love different than human love? How has God been faithful to you?