- Trust grows and deepens.
- A sense of value is experienced.
- And we are imitating our heavenly Father.
God had promised Abraham that his descendants would one day inhabit the land of Canaan (Genesis 15:16). God used Joshua to make good on that 600 year old promise, and has given them everything they need to be a great nation:
- A set of guidelines on how to live,
- His presence in the tabernacle,
- A way to reconcile their sins, and
- The land he had promised their ancestors.
But it isn’t enough!
The Israelites abandon God to worship false, pagan gods. Angered, God turns them over to be oppressed by neighboring nations. They eventually repent and cry out to God for help. Graciously, God raises up a judge to rescue and lead them.
For a season of time the people follow God. But when that judge dies they once again abandon God to chase after false gods.
The period of Judges lasted roughly 330 years. During that time, the Israelites spent 111 years being oppressed by other nations because they repeat this same cycle – sin, oppression, repentance, deliverance – six times!
The people are slow to learn and fickle in their faithfulness; but God remains faithful.
There is no longer any condemnation for those of us who are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1); but we are far from perfect and still wrestle with our sin nature. And so… we repent.
If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. ~ 1 John 1:8-9 (NLT)
Now it’s time to change your ways! Turn to face God so he can wipe away your sins, pour out showers of blessing to refresh you… ~ Acts 3:19 (MSG)
Even though we are slow to learn and fickle in our faithfulness, God remains faithful!
© Richard Alvey and iLife Journey, 2012. All rights reserved.