They refused to listen and failed to remember the miracles you performed among them. They became stiff necked and in their rebellion appointed a leader in order to return to their slavery. But you are a forgiving God, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love. Therefore you did not desert them, Nehemiah 9:17
Rebellious people are very difficult to work with. Most people will work with them for a while, but will often give up on the person. They see a rebellious person as hopeless and of no value.
People choose to be rebellious for many different reasons, but often it is out of selfishness. There is something that they are not getting or is not going their way, so they choose to rebel. They can rebel against just a few people or against many, but there is rebellion.
The Israelites had rebelled against God many times. They would get into trouble, then cry out to God for help. He would help them, then they would rebel again. Over and over, and yet, God would help them each time. God was loving and forgiving. He never walked away.
God and people are still the same to this day. People rebel against God. The majority of the world refuses to even acknowledge Jesus. Those that do, often rebel against His desires.
It is common to see believers refuse to forgive someone, or step back into some sinful lifestyle. They choose to disobey God’s commands for their lives. Yet, God does not give up on them. He still chases after their hearts.
As long as a person is alive and has a breath, God is chasing after them. He does not want to lose any one. He is ready and willing to forgive them and bring them back into His family.
You may have slipped back into some sin. You may be feeling as if God no longer wants you, that you have committed too many sins and God cannot forgive you. This is not true. God still loves you. He may not be happy with what you have done, but He is right there willing to take you back.
Turn from your sins and return to God. He is waiting with open arms. He is compassionate, loving, and forgiving. His love knows no end. Seek His forgiveness and love and He will give them to you.
God has not given up on you, don’t give up on yourself. Return to Him.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God’s love; that you will know God’s forgiveness; that you will know God will never leave you; and that you will know God’s presence in your life.