Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Forget God???

God miraculously rescues the Israelites from bondage in Egypt, he faithfully provides for them for 40 years of wandering in the desert, he stops up the Jordan River to allow them to cross into the Promise Land, and he helps them defeat the Canaanites as they take possession of the land. God’s chosen people with their faithful God protecting and providing for them at ever turn. Yet Judges 2:10 describes the shocking news of the next generation of Israelites, “After that whole generation had been gathered to their fathers, another generation grew up, who knew neither the Lord nor what he had done for Israel.”

How can this be? How can the faithfulness of God be forgotten? How can the nation God has chosen neither know him nor what he has done for them?

Scripture doesn’t describe the process, but if the nation of Israel is like us, we can imagine how this might happen:

1. Maybe they were distracted by what the good they found in the Promised Land, focusing more on the gifts of the land instead of the Giver.

2. Maybe they became enchanted with the idols of the Canaanites and began to worship them instead of the only true God.

3. Maybe they failed to tell their children about the goodness and faithfulness of God.

Let’s make sure that we rejoice in our Lord and let everyone around us know of our love for him. Let’s make sure that no one is ever surprised to find out that we are Christians. And let’s commit to educate our children in all that the Lord has done for us and Christians throughout the ages, inspiring our children to know and love him as their personal Savior.

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