“But the children rebelled against me…” Ezekiel 20:8, 13, 21
The children of God, the Israelites, rebelled against God and kept falling back into old patterns. I have old patterns…do you? I have ways of relating to people…unhealthy eating habits…laziness…pride.
When I was a kid I couldn’t understand why the Israelites kept turning on God after everything He did for them. He literally saved them from slavery!!! They watched as their enemies were washed away in waters that receded before them and came rushing back after they were on dry ground. They saw His presence leading them in a pillar of fire at night and a cloud during the day. with such visible signs of Gods presence, how could they be so fickle.
And yet…I see the same pattern in my life. God has been present for me so many times I can’t count. I have not physically seen or heard Him but He has made His presence known and He has filled me with a peace that has comforted and sustained me. He has given me wisdom that was not mine. And still…I doubt and wonder if life would be better without Him.
The story of the Israelites is a warning to us to keep God always before us. Keep leaning into Him, His word, His people, His presence. On my own, I will wander and drift away. I will doubt and grow bitter. My prayer is that of Psalm 84.
“Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked.”Psalms 84:10 NIV
Dear God, may we see you and your Kingdom as better than what this world has to offer. May we always hold before us You and Your presence and Your wisdom. May we seek you first. In our struggles may we be reminded of your presence and wisdom and provision to strengthen us. You are better, God, than anything on earth. Amen.