The Lord Be With You Today!
“See, it stands written before Me:
(The Lord says the people’s sin looms before Him,
and a holy and righteous God cannot and will not accept sin in His people.
Though we often think God will overlook our disobedience and rebellion,
He cannot, and, until His people repent and ask forgiveness,
these acts of unrighteousness stand in stark reality
before the Holy God Who loves us.)
I will not keep silent but will pay back in full;
I will pay it back into their laps—
both your sins and the sins of your ancestors,” says the Lord.
(Rather than accepting our sinful behaviors and attitudes,
He declares He will intervene on our behalf,
that He will allow us to receive the payment and consequences
for our willful ways, as well as what we pass on
and what we teach our children and children’s children.)
“Because they burned sacrifices on the mountains
and defied Me on the hills, I will measure into their laps
the full payment for their former deeds.”
(The Lord refuses to allow His people to continue their idol worship,
refuses to allow them to bow before other gods.
And to help them turn away from their destructive and false worship,
He allows His people to experience the consequences of their choices.
Today, the Lord erases and removes our sin far from us
as we yield to His redemption, as we ask and receive forgiveness.
He mercifully refuses to keep silent about our sin
and even allows us to experience the pain of our choices
so that we finally reach a place where we turn to Him
in desperation and humility and repentance.
There we do not receive the "full payment" for our sin,
but, instead, receive the full measure of His amazing grace and mercy.)
May the Lord richly bless you this day!
In Christ’s love,
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