Nehemiah 9:31 (NIV)
But in your great mercy you did not put an end to them or abandon them, for you are a gracious and merciful God.
In the Old Testament, we see the Israelites repeatedly disobey and rebel against God, yet, each time they repent, God is faithful in delivering them from the perils of their waywardness.
In chapter 9 of Nehemiah, we get a front row seat to one of those glorious occasions celebrating God’s compassion to His people. In His abundant mercy, God even sends the prophets to Israel to help them focus and return to Him.
Throughout His-story, the Lord goes above and beyond to provide what is needed in order to redeem His people. This is true for us as believers today. In His magnificent mercy, God went above and beyond in offering His son, Jesus Christ, as atonement for our sins. So today, we can and should praise God for His mercifulness.
It can be easy to get down on yourself. Most of us experience highs and lows during our journey. What God values is different than what society holds in high regard. Not always, but usually. Looking around, we get caught up in the comparison trap. We yearn for yesterday or hunger for tomorrow while missing out on today. We may come to believe our lives aren’t worth living. Yet, God thought we were worth dying for.
What a humbling thought.
God’s grace redeemed us. Christ’s blood bought us. The Spirit sustains us. Our lives have value. We matter. We shouldn’t squander the life God redeemed. Yes, we have a past. But that past is gone. We shouldn’t continue defining ourselves by our old baggage. After all, you can’t put spilled milk back in the bottle. At least not easily. We need to get comfortable wearing our new suit, reflecting the joy we have in our Lord and Savior.
Because of Christ in us, we are no longer who we once were long ago yesterday. Today, because of God’s infinite, unfathomable love for us, we are different. We are not the same. So as a new work week begins, let us shine like the new creations in Christ we are. Show the world the difference God makes in your life. Blessings.