Learning From History
Lord, help me to remember Your works and to be faithful to You in all my ways.
What do we learn as we recount God's ways?
What is your attitude toward history? Do you find it boring? Actually, those who do not learn the lessons of the past are condemned to make the same ones again! So what can we learn from this account of Israel's history?
First, we see the people's forgetfulness of all God's great acts for them (7,13,21). God saved them for the sake of his own reputation (8) and his faithfulness to his promises (12). But the people continue to show rebellion, putting God to the test (14), envying his appointed leaders (16), worshiping idols (19-23), and despising the Promised Land (24). God's righteous judgment resulted in them dying in the desert (26,29), just as their descendants were scattered into captivity (27). Even when the land was conquered, the people defiled it by their idolatry (34-39). Eventually, despite God's loving deliverance of them on many occasions, they were finally exiled (40-46).
So what should we learn? Be like Phinehas who stood out from the crowd (30,31). And above all, we should learn the folly of sin and rebellion, and determine to live as a people who will "glory in your praise" (47).
Record significant times when God has intervened in your life. Praise him for his steadfast love and faithfulness.
Lord, help me to be one who stands up and remains faithful to You. Be honored in my life, my family and my church.
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