Forgive me, O God…

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Scripture: Isaiah 42:21 The Lord was pleased, for the sake of his righteousness, to magnify his teaching and make it glorious. 22 But this is a people robbed and plundered, all of them are trapped in holes and hidden in prisons; they have become a prey with no one to rescue, a spoil with no one to say, “Restore!” 23 Who among you will give heed to this, who will attend and listen for the time to come? 24 Who gave up Jacob to the spoiler, and Israel to the robbers? Was it not the Lord, against whom we have sinned, in whose ways they would not walk, and whose law they would not obey?

Observation: v.21 begins by telling how God gave the Israelites his teaching, his laws, in order to make them a righteous people. Had they remained faithful to God, they would have prospered forever. But they didn’t. They didn’t remain faithful to God, nor did they prosper. v.22 tells us that God’s people were “robbed and plundered… trapped in holes and hidden in prisons”. Then there is the question in v.24 “Who gave up Jacob to the spoiler (conqueror)… Was it not the Lord against whom we have sinned…?”

Application: Today’s passage reminds me that God’s ways are given to me for my benefit that I might prosper. The boundaries and limits of God are a gift of love from God to me. And to you. Yet, if I’m honest, too often I choose to walk a different path.

The passage also reminds me that when I sin, I sin against God. I take his gift and throw it away. I reject his Fathership over me. And so I stand this morning, once again, a sinner in need of God’s grace.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I have sinned against you in so many ways. In thought, word, and deed. By what I have done and what I’ve failed to do. I am not worthy to be called “child of God’. Yet the bible tells us that if we confess our sin to you, you will forgive our sin and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. And so, though I do not deserve it, I receive you grace and mercy again for Jesus’ sake. It’s in his precious name that I pray. Amen.

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