‘When God heard them, he was furious; he rejected Israel completely.’ Psalm 78.59
The disobedience of the Israelites and their subsequent rejection by God is a tragic story. It happened many years ago, but it is sometimes tempting to think that we are similarly rejected and far from his favour.
There is a beautiful sentence in The Message translation of Luke 7.16, which says: “God is back, looking to the needs of his people!” This is the glorious truth – God has come back to us, through Jesus; he has not rejected us and he is aware of our needs. This is not to say that looking after our needs is God’s sole concern, but in his desire to reveal the Fathers heart and to reflect him fully, Jesus demonstrated God’s transforming power in the lives of many people.
As Jesus approached the end of his earthly ministry and looked to the future, he had every expectation that a similar transforming power would be available to the church. In John 14.12, he proclaims that “whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing…” Far from these works ending with the death of Jesus, his departure would actually be the reason for such works continuing. Jesus went on to say, “…they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.”
If you find yourself in moments of desperation, it certainly does not mean that God has rejected you. In fact he is perfectly aware of you and all you are going through, and thanks to Jesus he has provided the means of bringing you the transforming help you need.
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