Scripture –

Psalm 78:37-38 – Their heart was not steadfast toward him; they were not faithful to his covenant.  Yet he, being compassionate, atoned for their iniquity and did not destroy them; he restrained his anger often and did not stir up all his wrath.

Observation –

The Israelites witnessed all that God had done for them, rescuing them from slavery in Egypt, providing for them in the wilderness yet the people turned from God and were unfaithful to Him.  God cares for his people even when they are disobedient.  God is patient, acting with restraint offering chances for people who disobey by atoning for their sin.

Application

These verses offer a great summary of God’s relationship to all His created people throughout time.  God has compassion for sinners who heart is against Him and are unfaithful.  God showed His love for us while we were still sinners sending Jesus to die for us. All I have to do is humble myself and believe in the name of Jesus and live to follow Him.  God is steadfast from what He has done to deliver us, is providing for today and will vindicate in the future.  Romans 14:11 tells us, “As surely as I live says the Lord, every knee will bow before me; every tongue will acknowledge God.”

Prayer –

Father,

Thank you for your compassion and grace you have for a sinner like me.  Let the Spirit guide me in grateful obedience to love you and others to glorify you in Jesus name.