The scripture for today, September 17, is Nehemiah 9:17 as found in the Old Testament of the Bible:
“They refused to listen and failed to remember the miracles you performed among them. They became stiff-necked and in their rebellion appointed a leader in order to return to their slavery. But you are a forgiving God, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love. Therefore, you did not desert them.”
Such love! We rebel against God (who is only trying to save us) over and over because we don’t want anyone telling us what to do, and God forgives over and over. I Peter 3:9 says “The Lord…is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”
God could turn us all into robots and force us to obey him. But that wouldn’t be Love. God is Love, and he cannot go against his own nature. And so he follows us around and pleads over and over, “Follow my Son into safety!”
How he hurts when we do not; how he smiles when we do.