25th – 27th September
“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.”
In order to know the character of God, one must look no further than God’s Holy Word. In it, we find all we need to know about God, His love for His people and benefits of His grace.
Today’s verse is taken from the book of Nehemiah, where Nehemiah is leading the people of Israel into a prayer of repentance for their rebellion towards God. What is worthy of noting in this passage is Nehemiah’s reference to the people of Israel and how they too rebelled against God’s goodness and His perfect ways. Moreover, Nehemiah reminds the Israelites that all is not lost. God is a God of mercy and kindness, rich in love and grace and abundant in kindness.
Although their sin was great and although they were living in persecution as a consequence of their sin, there was hope and comfort in knowing that God would and could forgive them. Why? Because grace is part of the character of God. His love and abundance is as real today as it was for the Israelites.
Although we too deserve punishment for our sin, God is kind and gracious to forgive us. We, like the rebellious Israelites, may too have to walk in the consequences of our mistakes and sinful actions, but even there, God is still with us and wanting to shower His love, grace and mercy over us. Jesus’ love and the comfort of the Holy Spirit, work in perfect harmony to not only forgive and restore but to guide and lead us into Holiness and perfect living.