Sunday, December 22, 2019

Ezra 9:13 NIV 2011

“What has happened to us is a result of our evil deeds and our great guilt, and yet, our God, you have punished us less than our sins deserved and have given us a remnant like this.”

From Adam’s original sin in the Garden of Eden, sin is inherent in the lives of everyone. Exodus 32:22, “‘Do not be angry, my Lord,’ Aaron answered. ‘You know how prone these people are to evil.’” God knows the heart of His people. Psalm 103:10, “He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities.” He sent a Savior to pay the penalty for sin and save His people. Romans 6:22, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” God the Father will forgive the sins confessed by saved sinners.

I was reading a story of an athlete runner who’d broken the 100-meter record before the Beijing Olympics. Rules changed allowing only one jump of the blocks referred to as “one and done.” In South Korea on the line for the 100-meter final, he jumped the blocks, disqualifying him for the race. I’m thankful God is not a “one and done” God when I continually jump the blocks and sin. This reminds me of Hebrews 12:1-2. By fixing my eyes on Jesus I’m confident my confessed sins are forgiven daily.

Why does the Father show us mercy?

Grateful He’s forgiving,


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