32For all this they sinned still, and believed not for his wondrous works.
33Therefore their days did he consume in vanity, and their years in trouble.
34When he slew them, then they sought him: and they returned and enquired early after God.
35And they remembered that God was their rock, and the high God their redeemer.
36Nevertheless they did flatter him with their mouth, and they lied unto him with their tongues.
37For their heart was not right with him, neither were they stedfast in his covenant.
38But he, being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity, and destroyed them not: yea, many a time turned he his anger away, and did not stir up all his wrath.
39For he remembered that they were but flesh; a wind that passeth away, and cometh not again.
A Wind That Passes!
There are few passages of Scripture that so pointedly illustrate our sin and weaknesses, and our Great God of love and compassion--for He remembers that we are but a wind that passes!
At first, we become rather indignant when we read of the Israelites. Though God wrought so many wondrous works on their behalf, they were still consumed with vanity and troubles. Even when they returned back to God, they flattered Him with their mouth while lying to Him with their tongues. How could they be so foolish? We would never be so foolish, would we? However, just a quick check in the mirror shows us that we are so prone to the same thing!
One day it seems as though we love God so much we can hardly contain our joy. He is our rock and Redeemer; when we inquire of Him, He is always there for us. Yet how quickly the winds of change destroy that great joy and peace we have in the Lord. How quickly we find ourselves speaking great words of praise to God with our mouths, but our hearts wander far from Him.
It is good to remember that just as our salvation does not depend upon us, so our continuing with Christ does not depend upon our own efforts. Does that mean we should never try to maintain a closeness with the Lord? Of course not! However, because God knows that we are like a wind that passes, our salvation and sanctification rest wholly upon Christ. It is He who saved us by His blood shed on our behalf, and it is to Him we must go for the strength and power to live faithfully for Him.
When pondering these things, a great burden is lifted from our shoulders. As we continually find ourselves lapsing back into sin, we do not lose hope. What we cannot do because of our sin natures, Christ has already done on our behalf. When God looks upon us, He sees the pure and sanctified blood of Christ instead of our own black hearts.
What, then, is the correct response? The true Christian responds to Christ with love, joy, and submission. Our hearts truly desire to love Him and serve Him, for that is the true path to joy and peace.
What an amazing God we serve. We may be but a wind that passes, but He is our rock and our salvation.
Amazing love, how can it be,
That Thou, my God dids't die for me!
God Bless You,