Forgiveness and Grace

Forgiveness and Grace

Anna Steggerda posted in Daily Devotions on Friday, November 18, 2022

November 18, 2022 – Exodus 22:1-4

A few years ago, I was on a walk with my sister on a trail in the Des Moines area. When we returned to my car after our walk, my car window had been smashed in and mine and my sister’s belongings had been stolen. The whole situation was a complete bummer. We had to call the police to submit a theft report. I had to submit an insurance report for a computer that was stolen. My sister had to call the credit card company to close all her credit cards. Unfortunately, this has happened to more people than we may even realize.

We recognize that the problem of theft or stealing isn’t a new experience for humanity. It has been happening since before God’s law was first given to us. In central Iowa, theft doesn’t necessarily look like stealing oxen or donkeys from people’s yards. Theft can look like burglary of physical possessions like I experienced; it can look like scamming to receive payments; it can even look like taking someone’s joy or happiness or peace from them in words or actions. Theft can also look like stealing someone’s reputation or stealing someone’s trust. Perhaps it is something that we are all guilty of.

There are consequences to stealing, as we see in today’s Scripture. Depending on the gravity of the situation, some consequences are more severe than others. Regardless, we are all in need of God’s grace and love to overcome the ways that we, as humans, fall short of God’s desire for our life. If you have had something stolen, I encourage you to pray for forgiveness for that person whether you know them or not. Pray for a softened heart toward them and a release from the anger or resentment that you may hold. Give that to God. Additionally, pray for forgiveness for the ways you have stolen from others. Through gossip, lying, grumpiness… ask God for forgiveness and renewal in that relationship.

Questions for reflection:

  1. Is there anyone you need to forgive for stealing? If so, take a moment and invite God into that situation.
  2. Is there a situation that you need to be forgiven for? If so, take a moment and ask God for forgiveness and if you need to make amends with someone, ask God for the courage and wisdom to do so.