A mother pleads with her son not to go out one night as she sensed something wasn’t quite right. That son went out anyway not knowing it was going to be his last night. A father pleads with his daughter to not have a relationship with that guy as he feels he will not be good for her. That daughter decides to have a relationship with the guy anyway just to find herself being abused. Why do people plead with someone anyway? They plead due to love. It makes me ponder upon a question, how long must God plead with His people?
Psalms 78 ironically not only shows the state of God’s people then, but also of God’s people now. Within the Psalm we see a cycle where God would grant their desires and yet his children would rebel into sin. Imagine God leading you by a cloud during the day and fire at night. Imagine watching God divide the sea for you to walk pass. Can you see water coming out of a rock in the midst of the wilderness? You would think there would be cycles of praise and worship from the saints. Yet instead they would constantly complain and sin. Some would say how could they continue to sin with God doing all those miracles for them? The same question can be asked of the saints of today.
We too are in a cycle. The Lord blessed us with the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and yet we shut him more and more out of our services. We desire more for cars, houses, and prestigious jobs then levels of the kingdom. Verse 39 states: For he remembered that they were but flesh, a wind that goes and does not return.
How long must God plead with us to turn our hearts towards Him? How long must God plead with us to get it right before him? How long must God plead with us to seek first the kingdom of God? Here’s a deeper question, how long do you think God will continue to plead?
Within the same Psalm it shows how eventually their sin provoked the anger of God. They had to deal with the consequences of their actions. Do we not think we won’t receive the consequences to our actions as well? God is pleading with us out of His love for us. However, we won’t plead forever. Selah