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A Deaf Ear

"You came back and wept before the Lord, but he paid no attention to your weeping and turned a deaf ear to you." Deuteronomy 1:45

The time had come. Moses began his farewell to those he had led through the desert for so long. In his parting words, he seemed to say: "Let me remind you where you have been."

The tough thing about memories is that they are not always good. As the people of Israel finally stood ready to enter the promised land, Moses reminded them why their fathers hadn't entered the land forty years earlier. Their fathers had sinned, and God withdrew. To make matters worse, their fathers disregarded their sin and were determined to take the land without God's help. Without God's blessing, they pushed toward the goal, and they were driven back - defeated and broken. Crying out in their defeat, the Israelites found themselves in a place no man wants to be; God had turned a deaf ear to them.

After King David's most public failure he penned the words, "The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise." The Israelites who had been defeated by the Amorites were far from contrite. They were prideful, and God refused to listen.

Lord, my heart is broken; my spirit is contrite. Will You hear me? Or will I discover that you have turned away and are refusing to listen? Forgive me, Father, for I have sinned - I have failed You. Where I go from here will be determined by You - and my willingness to repent. I refuse to be defined by my failure. Give me the courage to confess, and the strength to move forward. I am disappointed, but I am not destroyed. In my pride, I chose wrongly. Through my contrition, You will hear me.

Thank You for hearing my cries, Lord. Thank You for Jesus and the grace He brings.

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