5.01.2014

Better than the Israelites

i've been reading through the bible from start to finish in hope of getting a more contextual view of the bible.

in short, its been such a rich experience and i'm learning so much about God's character and his sovereignty.

its been frustrating reading through the beginning of the old testament and reading about how the Israelites continue to fall away from God and worship idols. as i've been reading i've been so upset at how easy Israel forgets. They were getting food dropped from heaven and yet they couldn't believe?

God met them in Mount Sinai (Exodus 19:18) and yet before Moses even came down from the mountain they were creating a golden calf to worship. (Exodus 32)

In my head reading this all i'm thinking how stupid could they be? Moses can't even take forty days before the Israelites are worshipping other Gods. & the people promised God they would follow and be obedient. In Exodus 24:3 they say "all the words which the Lord has spoken we will do!" and again in Exodus 24:7 they reply "we will be obedient."

as i've continue reading the pattern just continues. God delivers His people, they fall away and forget about God. They cry out to God and He delivers them once more and then the pattern continues.

i hate to admit this but i was starting to feel a bit prideful. while reading i was telling God, really? if i saw you come down in a could i wouldn't forget you. i wouldn't be as awful as the Israelites. i would think to myself - "Lord, i would be the Caleb or Joshua who would do the thing that pleased you."

in ranting to Mark one night about how disobedient God's chosen people were, Mark looked puzzled and said (i'm paraphrasing) "but Maddie, we do that to God all the time, every day. We have his Holy word and still can't even follow it."

ouch. his comment convicted me instantly as i realized while reading i had started to feel better that the Israelites. how many times have i told God i would be obedient and follow Him and less then a week been consumed with the worries of the world? i got back down on my knees and realized how stupid i was to even think that way.

my desire is to follow God but as a human waging war against my flesh i know i come up short. i am so thankful that like the Israelites God didn't give up on them and He doesn't give up on me.

there is consequences for our sin, (the Israelites experienced that- 40 years wandering around) but God loves us enough to give us the opportunity to serve Him with everything we have and live in eternity with Him.

i'm so thankful for his redeeming love that covers my pride and a multitude of sins and that the Lord teaches me through His word… even if its hard sometimes to swallow my pride.







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