April 21, Wednesday Devotion
14 God says, “Rebuild the road! Clear away the rocks and stones so my people can return from captivity.” 15 The high and lofty one who lives in eternity, the Holy One, says this: “I live in the high and holy place with those whose spirits are contrite and humble. I restore the crushed spirit of the humble and revive the courage of those with repentant hearts. 16 For I will not fight against you forever; I will not always be angry. If I were, all people would pass away— all the souls I have made. 17 I was angry, so I punished these greedy people. I withdrew from them, but they kept going on their own stubborn way. 18 I have seen what they do, but I will heal them anyway! I will lead them. I will comfort those who mourn, 19 bringing words of praise to their lips. May they have abundant peace, both near and far,” says the Lord, who heals them. 20 “But those who still reject me are like the restless sea, which is never still but continually churns up mud and dirt. 21 There is no peace for the wicked,” says my God.
Quick Notes/QuestionsIt is interesting. We all have the opportunity to accept forgiveness for our brokenness. God in Christ has forgiven all, but we do have to accept that forgiveness and live into it. What does that mean? It means we need to act like we have actually been forgiven. The grace of forgiveness is that it changes our lives in such a way that we show forgiveness to others as well.
Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me, a sinner! Let me accept that grace and show mercy to others. Amen!