Ever mess up? You decided to exercise self-will and rebellion… But there is hope!

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Ever mess up?  You knew what you should do… what was expected of you… what was right – but you didn’t do it!  You exercised self-will and rebellion and you ended up in a mess – a BIG mess!  It’s the human story really… “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God!” is the way the Bible puts it. (Romans 3:23)

I thought about my failures today (and, believe me, I have a few).  I thought about friends of mine that have “fouled up” and ended up in predicaments of their own making.  Self-will and rebellion don’t have a track record anyone would be proud of!  The nation of Israel, God’s very own redeemed people, decided to do their own thing – to go their own way – and they ended up in bondage, in exile, in a mess!  The Bible says, “the way of the transgressor is HARD!” (Proverbs 13:15)

But there is hope!  I read about this morning in my Bible during “coffee with the Lord” and rejoiced!

“Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord!  O Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my pleas for mercy!  If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand?  But with you there is forgiveness, that you may be feared [i.e. reverenced]!  I wait for the Lord!   My soul waits, and in His word I hope!   My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen for the morning! 7 O hope in the Lord! For with the Lord there is steadfast love, and with him is plentiful redemption.  And He will redeem Israel [and anyone else who calls upon Him] from all his iniquities!”  (Psalm 130 ESV)

And to that I say, “Praise the Lord!” … I’m banking on it!  An old gospel song goes like this, “I’m just a sinner, saved by grace!”

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