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Today’s 333 Devotional: “A Brief Moment of Grace”
Today as never before we need a revival, but what that entails is repentance on our part, which means turning from those ways that displease the Lord.
One such area is how the church, and we as believers, have intermarried ourselves to the concepts and philosophies of the world. This is what happened in the time of Ezra.
For 70 years the Jews were in captivity to the Babylonians because they had disobeyed God’s word. But now, in God’s grace and mercy, He brought them back into the land of promise to build God’s holy temple.
What they did, however, is disobeyed God’s word and took wives of the nations around them. And the priests, those who should have known better, failed to follow God’s law and separate themselves from the people groups that now inhabited the area.
Completely astonished at the people’s disobedience, Ezra humbled himself in prayer and fasting.
He prayed, “O my God, I am too ashamed and disgraced to lift up my face to you, my God, because our sins are higher than our heads and our guilt has reached to the heavens.” (Ezra 9:6)
Afterwards, Ezra makes this incredible observation.
“But now, for a brief moment, the Lord our God has been gracious in leaving us a remnant and giving us a firm place in his sanctuary.” (Ezra 9:8a)
God’s grace allowed them to return to His ways and not be destroyed as their sins deserved.
Basically, the people were spitting on God’s grace when He reestablished them in the Promise Land by doing what got them kicked out in the first place, which was disobedience.
As amazed as we are at their behavior, we’re no different. God has been gracious to us, but both the church, and we as believers, has intermarried with the world and its ways and methods.
We need to repent and turn back to God, and maybe God will show us once again that brief moment of grace.
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