Hope in Unfaithfulness

Faithfulness, like fairness, is an attribute that we propagate but fail to completely demonstrate. There are some of us who are more faithful than others, but all of us are unfaithful – to God at least. Dictionary.com defines unfaithful as not faithful; false to duty, obligation, or promises; faithless;disloyal. In the King James dictionary, unfaithfulness is defined as Wrong-Doing; Sin; trespass. We can be unfaithful to God, to man, to spouses and to devoted things.

In our text (Ezra 10:1-3) today, we find the people broken over their unfaithfulness to God. He had commanded them not to take wives from the people of the land they were going to possess. What did the men do who possessed the land? They chose wives from among those nations who were forbidden. God’s reason for them not taking those wives was manifested. God had told them those wives would lead them away from their sole devotion to Him. We can be totally convinced that when we divert our devotion and commitment from God to someone or something else He will challenge us through some difficult circumstances to show whom we should really trust.

We see this in the Israelites. In Ezra 9, we see the aftermath of their unfaithfulness. They had been dominated in war and held captive. Listen to Ezra’s confession of sin: “13 “What has happened to us is a result of our evil deeds and our great guilt, and yet, our God, you have punished us less than our sins have deserved and have given us a remnant like this. 14 Shall we again break your commands and intermarry with the peoples who commit such detestable practices? Would you not be angry enough with us to destroy us, leaving us no remnant or survivor?15 O Lord, God of Israel, you are righteous! We are left this day as a remnant. Here we are before you in our guilt, though because of it not one of us can stand in your presence.” It was Ezra’s confession and the people’s willingness to accept responsibility for their sin – their unfaithfulness that afforded them an opportunity to have Hope in Unfaithfulness.

Are you presently dwelling in disobedience to a command from God? Have you, like the Israelites, found yourself being confronted by God about your unfaithfulness? What hardship has God brought upon you to humble you, to have you to return to Him with all your heart? If so, read Ezra 9 to see a model prayer to confess your sin before God. In regards to our disobedience/sin and punishment, Isaiah tells us “Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; he rises to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!” God is willing to forgive, but we must humble ourselves acknowledging that we have sinned and that we need Him to forgive us. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9

Jesus is our Hope in Unfaithfulnesss. Take advantage of the Hope that you have.


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