Don’t Forget

As soon as Gideon died, the people of Israel turned again and whored after the baals and made baal berith their god. And the people of Israel did not remember the Lord their God who had delivered them from the hand of all their enemies on every side.

Judged 8:33

For the majority of my Christian life, I have spent almost all my time reading and being taught from the New Testament. I’ve never really looked at the Old Testament, but this semester I’ve been taking an Old Testament class in college and what I have learned from the Old Testament has been remarkable. It’s crazy how often I make the exact same mistakes as the Israelites. In the story of Gideon, God had just done an incredible mighty work to single-handedly defeat Israel’s enemies. But, as soon as Gideon dies they forget about God and worship other gods. How ridiculous is that?? God saves and delivers these people and they just turn around and worship other gods. I know for a fact people like you and I would never do that, right? We would never forget about all that God has done and worship man made gods. We might not build altars to other gods or give sacrifices in pagan temples, but how ofter do we manufacture Idols in our lives? How often do we give more affection, attention, and devotion to things other than God? God has delivered us for eternity. He has given his son as an eternal sacrifice and defeated sin and death forever on our behalf. The very least we could do is worship him and him alone and never forget Him.

Too Short

Today’s devotional is written by a very special guest! My 11-year-old sister sent me this devotional in a package and I couldn’t help but want to share it! What a great reminder that we will certainly fall short on our own, but God is always there to pick us up!!

 

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Waiting on the Sunrise

For God alone my soul waits in silence;

From him comes my salvation.

He alone is my rock and my salvation,

My fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken

Psalm 62:1-2

This morning a few friends and I decided we would wake up early and try and watch the sunrise. We went out to a state park by around 6:15 because we didn’t want to miss any of the sunrise. We found a great place to watch what we hoped would be a beautiful sunrise and sat waiting. The sky was perfectly clear when we arrived, and you could still see thousands of stars twinkling in the sky. Somehow between the time when we could see the stars and when the sun was supposed to rise, clouds that covered the entire sky rolled in. We waited for more than half an hour in anticipation of the sun rising, but we never saw it. It was still fun, but it was kind of a bummer that we waited on the sun and it never showed up. Thankfully when we wait on God we never have to worry about him not showing up. God isn’t like people we rely on in this life who will fail us and let us down. God is ultimately reliable and we can trust that if we wait on him he will arrive in his perfect timing and providence even if how he arrives and provides isn’t exactly how we expect it or would plan it.

Shrimp and Grits

Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger and whoever believes in me shall never thirst

John 6:34

One of the things from back home that I miss the most while I’m away for college is my mom’s cooking. Nothing compares to coming home from school or soccer practice or a long day and eating some home cooked food. My favorite food that my mom makes is undoubtedly shrimp and grits. It sounded a little weird to me at first, like shrimp and grits don’t seem like they belong together, but I promise you shrimp and grits were created specifically to be eaten together. The grits are all cheesy and garlic-ey and I’m sure there’s all kinds of good spices and fancy cooking stuff in there too that makes them so good. My mom’s shrimp and grits are so satisfying that I really think I could eat an entire bathtub full of that stuff. I’ve certainly tried to eat enough of them to never have to eat again, but for some reason no matter how much I eat I always wake up hungry the next morning. In John 6:34 Jesus explains that when we come to him we never have to hunger and thirst again. We don’t have to look for satisfaction in friends or in money or in popularity because we already have ultimate satisfaction in a relationship with Jesus that can never be topped. Nothing in this world will ever wholly satisfy us like an intimate growing relationship with Jesus.

Wake Boarding

looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

Hebrews 12:2

A couple summers ago I was learning how to wakeboard with a guy from my church who runs a water sports ministry. I had gotten to the point where I could consistently get up and ride in a straight line but every time I tried to turn and move at all I would immediately fall on my face. After about 3 or 4 times of falling flat on my face, Chris brought the boat around and told me he had figured out why I kept falling. “You’re looking down at the water”, he said. “You always end up heading towards what you look at. Look up and you’ll be fine.” The next time I focused on getting my eyes up as I rode and sure enough I didn’t fall on my face. Our Christian walk is the same way; if we let our eyes drop and focus on things on the Earth we’re sure to fail. Jesus endured the cross and the shame for us, so we ought to keep our eyes focused on him, and only him. As Christians, we should want to become progressively more like Jesus, but that’s only going to happen if our gaze is set on him. Remember, we’re always going to move towards what we look at most.

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