4Restore us again, O God of our salvation, and put away your indignation toward us.
5Will you be angry with us forever? Will you prolong your anger to all generations?
6Will you not revive us again, so that your people may rejoice in you?
7Show us your steadfast love, O Lord, and grant us your salvation. Psalm 85:4-7
They strayed and they grumbled. They disobeyed and they ignored. And God? God was justifiably angry at His people. He let them know of His anger. He sent prophets to tell them so.
And yet the Israelites lived in hope. They had strayed and grumbled before. Disobeyed and ignored, too. But when they turned back to God, He was merciful and forgave them through His loving kindness. They now trusted that God would be merciful again, that He would bless them and restore them to His favor.
Isn’t it the same for us today? I have certainly grumbled, complained, disobeyed, and ignored – to name just a few. Not once, not twice, but many times. More times than I could possibly count. And, like the Israelites I have trust that, once confessed, my sins will be forgiven. I am confident that the promises given to those who believe in Him and His Son – salvation and eternal life – will be fulfilled.
I, too, live in hope.