He Forgives. . .

Lord, You have [at last] been favourable and have dealt graciously with Your land [of Canaan]; You have brought back [from Babylon] the captives of Jacob.
You have forgiven and taken away the iniquity of your people, You have covered all their sin.
Selah [pause, and calmly realise what that means]!
Psalms 85:1,2

What a powerful picture of God’s grace and mercy. He is truly amazing. We know why Israel was taken captive to Babylon. They committed sin after sin. They kept on testing God with the things they did. They complained about the manna. They didn’t trust Him to provide for them. They sacrificed their children in fire to other gods. They followed the ways of the other heathen nations, something God had commanded against. The list is endless!

But this is where we see God’s amazing grace in action. After all the things they did God still forgave them. He covered all their sin. Despite straying so far away, God forgave them!!

What does that mean for us? It means hope for us. What sin have you committed? Are you in a place where you think you are beyond forgiving?

Just know, there is hope. God will forgive you if you come to Him. He wants to forgive you. He has not shut you out. There is no sin that is too big for Him to forgive. Look to Him. He has extended His mercy and grace to you. No matter how far you have strayed remember the Israelites. Remember God’s amazing grace…..