The Holy Spirit ushers us back to fellowship with God. We quash his voice for moments and seasons, yet at the end of ourselves, the Spirit’s voice is audible in the stillness of our hearts to rejuvenate the remnant of our lives back to the fullness of following Jesus…
8 “‘But I will spare some, for some of you will escape the sword when you are scattered among the lands and nations. 9 Then in the nations where they have been carried captive, those who escape will remember me—how I have been grieved by their adulterous hearts, which have turned away from me, and by their eyes, which have lusted after their idols. They will loathe themselves for the evil they have done and for all their detestable practices. 10 And they will know that I am the Lord; I did not threaten in vain to bring this calamity on them.
22 Consider therefore the kindness and sternness of God: sternness to those who fell, but kindness to you, provided that you continue in his kindness. Otherwise, you also will be cut off. 23 And if they do not persist in unbelief, they will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again. 24 After all, if you were cut out of an olive tree that is wild by nature, and contrary to nature were grafted into a cultivated olive tree, how much more readily will these, the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree!
28 As far as the gospel is concerned, they are enemies for your sake; but as far as election is concerned, they are loved on account of the patriarchs, 29 for God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable.
God determined to save a remnant of Israel during the exile. He wanted there to be a group who knew what they had done and how much it grieved God so that they could bear witness. Not only would they loathe their own practices, they would know that he is God.
Do you ever loathe your own practices? Do you ever come to God and say, “I blew that one, God. I have walked away from you and I realize I have. You are God and I am your child. I don’t want to be apart from you.” I have.
David speaks of eating the delicacies of the world in Psalm 141. Sometimes we can be so focused on not eating of worldly things that we fall into a pit as we are backing up. The prowling devil will look for more than one way to make us stumble…
As Israel was partially spared through a remnant, there is hope for the future for them. God always left enough for them to turn around (repent) and come back to him. Eventually, according to Romans 11, there will be a full reconciliation of Israel to God in the future. There is a way for them to be grafted back into the olive tree of God.
For us, the Holy Spirit ushers us back to the fellowship of the Lord. We can quash his voice for moments and seasons, yet when we get to the end of ourselves, the Spirit is there and his voice is audible in the stillness of our own hearts to rejuvenate us from the remnant of our lives back to the fullness of following Jesus.
Thank you for your mercy, God.