My Daily Strength

God's faithfulness -- Rev. Dr. J. Samuel Sudhakar

Scripture : '... I fell upon my knees and spread out my hands unto the LORD my God' Ezra 9:5.

Israel intermarried against God's laws. They took the heathen daughters for themselves and for their sons. The holy seed mingled themselves with the people of the land. The sad part is, the hand of the princes and rulers were instrumental in this unfaithfulness.

When Ezra heard about this, he rent his garments and his mantle and plucked out the hair of his head and beard and sat down astonied. Along with him all those who feared God also trembled at the words of the God of Israel. All of them sat with much humility till the evening sacrifice. Ezra fell upon his knees and felt ashamed even to lift up his hands towards the holy God because iniquity increased over their heads and their trespasses reached heaven. Ezra asked for the grace of God that God's judgment will be light upon them in the midst of their unfaithfulness.

It is the same scenario that is taking place before our eyes in all places of worship. Children get interlinked with heathen and go far away from God's love into idolatry, etc. Because the LORD is faithful and full of mercies, His judgment is delayed. The LORD is waiting that the Church and you will be saved and come back to the earlier love for God through total consecration and separation from the filthiness of this world.

My friend, God is faithful to you but are you faithful to God? Are you taking God's blessings for granted? Are you misusing the gift of forgiveness and go on sinning before the LORD? Come back to Jesus. He will forgive you and bless you.

Prayer : LORD, forgive my unfaithfulness and have mercy upon me. Amen.

Thought for the Day : True forgiveness received through total consecration.