Romans 11:1-24; 1 Samuel 20; Psalm 65
How often do we feel overwhelmed at work or at home? Responsibilities pile up and we, in the words of a friend, “feel more like running away as an adult than we ever did as a child.” When we are overwhelmed, we need to find some way to gain relief. When sins overwhelm us, it’s the same thing, except there is only one place to go to for relief. “When we were overwhelmed by sins, you forgave our transgressions.” (Psalm 65:3) So often we think of forgiveness happening in the New Testament – after the death and resurrection of Jesus. In fact, God has always been in the forgiving business He seeks ways to reach out to us when we turn away from Him. While the death and resurrection of Jesus is the ultimate example of that, He forgave His people throughout the Old Testament. Sometimes, it is only when we recognize that we are overwhelmed by our sins that we realize that we need to turn to God for forgiveness. Hawk Nelson described God’s overwhelming forgiveness in these words: “If you could count the times I’d say you are forgiven it’s more than the drops in the ocean.” Yes, our sins may be overwhelming at times, but God’s grace and forgiveness is even more overwhelming.
Lord, I recognize that You’re a holy God and I’m overwhelmed by my sins. Then, I recognize that You are a God of grace and forgiveness and I’m even more overwhelmed by that grace and forgiveness. Thank You for loving me and forgiving me.