The scripture for today, September 17, is Nehemiah 9:17 as found in the Old Testament of the Bible:
Such love! We rebel against God (who is only trying to save us) over and over because we don’t want anyone telling us what to do, and God forgives over and over. I Peter 3:9 says “The Lord…is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”
God could turn us all into robots and force us to obey him. But that wouldn’t be Love. God is Love, and he cannot go against his own nature. And so he follows us around and pleads over and over, “Follow my Son into safety!”
How he hurts when we do not; how he smiles when we do.