Reflections: Ongoing dilemmas
God’s people have entered into the land he had promised and given them, with his word to guide and lead them so that their communal life might make his character known to the world. But the reality of living this out is challenged by generations who do not seem to have had the teaching passed on to them, and who give in to the temptation to be like all the other nations around them. When they worship other gods in place of the Lord who has redeemed them, he allows them to be handed over to the consequences of their sin, so that they might call out to him again. This period in the story is one of repeated faithlessness on the part of the people, generation after generation forgetting their calling as God’s chosen ones. And yet God remains faithful, responding when they cry out to him with deliverers who might lead them back to him.
Questions: How easy is it for us to forget who we are as God’s people and how he has called us to live? How can we make sure we are passing our faith on to the next generation?
Prayers: Patient God, thank you for not giving up on your people, even when we provoke and frustrate you. Show me when I am drifting from the calling to be different to those around us and keep me coming back again and again to your Word.