by Mark Clements
Thursday, April 11
Remembering the Sins of the Past
“And they took strong cities, and a fat land, and possessed houses full of all goods, wells digged, vineyards, and oliveyards, and fruit trees in abundance: so they did eat, and were filled, and became fat, and delighted themselves in thy great goodness. Nevertheless they were disobedient, and rebelled against thee, and cast thy law behind their backs, and slew thy prophets which testified against them to turn them to thee, and they wrought great provocations,” Nehemiah 9:25, 26.
As the Jews gathered around the Levites in Jerusalem in worship, they were reminded of the long-suffering of Jehovah. God, in His goodness, had created the universe, He had made a covenant with Abraham, He had lovingly redeemed His people from slavery in Egypt and supernaturally provided for their needs in the wilderness. He had given His people a fruitful land and bestowed many blessings upon them. His people had no need of anything good since they had God Himself to guide them. But time after time the people of God forgot the source of everything good. The history of God’s people is a never-ending cycle of worship, indifference, rebellion, discipline, repentance and restoration.
We do not have to follow the same cycle. God has given us His Word in part to show us the failures of our forefathers, and now we can choose a better alternative. All of us have past failures that seem to haunt us. Instead of dwelling on the fallout of our failures, we would be better served if we focused on God’s goodness throughout our lives. No matter how we rebelled, God never changed. He faithfully sent His Word and His presence to guide us back to Him. We would be wise to see God’s hand of protection and grace in the midst of our journeys.
JUST A THOUGHT: Our sin was great, but God’s love was greater.