Sunday, March 29, 2009

The Fickle Faithful

Psa 106:12 Then believed they his words; they sang his praise.
Psa 106:13 They soon forgat his works; they waited not for his counsel:
Psa 106:14 But lusted exceedingly in the wilderness, and tempted God in the desert.

The history of Israel's failings in the wilderness causes a person to wonder about their sanity. God gave them miracle after miracle. They seemed to praise Him one day and curse Him the next. They received regular attitude adjustments from the Lord which never lasted too long.

Spiritually, the wilderness experience was as up and down as anything we read in the Bible. How sad that their memories were so short.

We have the benefit of hindsight. We read of their 40 year wanderings in a condensed period of a few days. We don't take into consideration that the time between a great miracle of God and a great failing of the people may have been several weeks or even months apart.

That brings us to the present day. How often does the Lord do really great things on our behalf? Deliverance from some enemy, a big provision of some sort, etc. And yet, how short is the time lapse before we pull some boneheaded sin against the Lord.

Ah, perhaps the Jews of old aren’t the only ones with a case of spiritual Alzheimer's.

The things written in the Old Testament are to be an example for us. In the New Testament, we are told not to provoke the Lord like they did in the wilderness.

So let's be ever mindful of the miraculous and ever grateful to our wonderful God as we travel through the wilderness of this life.

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