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.

Adopted

See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him.

1 John 3:1

A few years ago as a family we went out to adopt a dog or two from the pound. I was walking up and down the rows of cages with dogs on either side. Almost every single dog was up on the fence yapping or barking; all of them except for one. I almost missed her, but there was a gangly black lab looking puppy laying on her stomach silently right at the front of her cage. As I walked over she let me reach my fingers past the ‘no petting dogs in kennel’ sign to gently touch her nose. When we got to meet her as a family she promptly flopped onto her stomach so everyone could rub and scratch her. We adopted her that day, and now she plays fetch in our backyard, eats in our kitchen (her own food and ours), and sleeps in my bed (she’d tell you it was her bed if she could talk). She doesn’t just live at our house, she’s a part of our family because we adopted her. I shudder at the thought that if we hadn’t picked her up she probably would’ve been put down. You and I were in the exact same situation. We were alone and destined for death, but God didn’t leave us there. Not only did he save us and bring us into his house, but what kind of love he had that we should be called his children!!! How exciting is that??? If we trust in Jesus and make him Lord of our life we get to be adopted by God and called a part of his family and enjoy fellowship with Him, and that’s a truth we can’t be reminded of too often.

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.

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