What I read today;
Romans 4; Matthew 4; Jeremiah 28; Psalm 94; 2 Chronicles 7-8; Leviticus 10
The world today is filled with pain and anguish. People are confused and angry. It’s easy to fall into the trap. Once stuck down in the hole it’s nearly impossible to get up. We make mistakes, we hurt other people, we say things we shouldn’t have said. In other words, we’re human. Our condition is the same as it has always been, sin-filled and error-prone.
Solomon had asked God to forgive the people even when their behaviors had reached the point that God had banished them. Solomon prayed that in the darkest hour of the people’s sin if they turned back to him, that God would find it in his heart to forgive the people.
God in his response said, “If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, pray, seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayer that is made in this place.” NRSV
In other words, no matter how far we wander away from God, he is there waiting for us. We can’t fall so far that we can’t be redeemed. You and I are always just a prayer away from God. He’s there, and always will be, waiting and hoping that we return to him.
The nation of Israel would end up being deported to other countries because of it’s constant turning to false Gods, and following wicked ways of injustice and violence. Yet God in his mercy brought them back. He promises to do the same for you and me.