The scripture for today, September 17 (9/17), 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 from hell) over and over because we don’t want anyone telling us what to do, and God forgives over and over. First 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. He does not desert us when our spirits become self-destructive. Instead, he follows us around and pleads over and over, “Follow my Son, Jesus, to safety!”
Would you be willing to forgive as many times as you expect God to forgive you? Would you run after someone who wants nothing to do with you as much as God runs after you?