God Has Not Forsaken Us!
“O my God, I am too ashamed and disgraced to lift up my face to you, my God, because our sins are higher than our heads and our guilt has reached to the heavens… But now, for a brief moment, the LORD our God has been gracious in leaving us a remnant and giving us a firm place in his sanctuary, and so our God gives light to our eyes and a little relief in our bondage. Though we are slaves, our God has not deserted us in our bondage” (vv. 6, 8-9).
Perhaps you can identify with Ezra and his prayer. He was part of a sinful and disobedient people. God-forsaken; they were suffering terrible bondage. What can he, for that matter, anyone do to change this situation?
We all know someone who is certain they have sinned too much, who believe they are too far gone for God to forgive them! They are “in over their heads” and heaven knows all about them. They “just know” they are hopeless and on their way to hell. It may be that someone reading this feels this way, too.
I have news for you! Good news! God is in the restoration business. He is an expert at taking those who are beat up by sin, left on the salvage heap, given up for destruction; and making them over, completely new!
Ezra writes, “But now… the Lord our God has been gracious…” God does the unexpected. He does not treat us as our sins deserve! Instead, he forgives and he reconciles us to himself. Instead of treating us as we deserve, he loves on us! He does not write us off, though he could! Instead, he freely gives us New Life in Christ Jesus. He invites us to start new, trusting him to lead us into the Abundant Life, the life that is yielded to his Lordship. Life that says “YES” to God and his ways!
Today, say “YES” to God! Celebrate the new life he gives you!
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