Thoughts on a rainy Halloween day

Posted: October 31, 2015 in Uncategorized

So it’s Halloween and it has been raining since about 10:30 this morning.  It’s been one of those days. I’ve eaten lunch, watched the Ole Miss Rebels win a close football game against Auburn, watched an episode of The Walking Dead and played with the kids and our new lab/golden retriever mix River.  It’s been a great day.  After all of this, I sat down to do a little quiet time and started reading in Psalm 106 and I read these words.

Psalm 106:6-8English Standard Version (ESV)

Both we and our fathers have sinned;
    we have committed iniquity; we have done wickedness.
Our fathers, when they were in Egypt,
    did not consider your wondrous works;
they did not remember the abundance of your steadfast love,
    but rebelled by the sea, at the Red Sea.
Yet he saved them for his name’s sake,
    that he might make known his mighty power.

I read this and I started thinking back to the story of Moses leading the Israelite’s out of Egypt.  Verses 6 and 7 really capture the hearts of the Israelite’s at this time.  After being set free from slavery by God they chose to rebel and sin against the very God that set them free to begin with.  How could they? At one point in the story they actually say they would be better off back under Egyptian rule than to be in the wilderness hungry and alone! What? Really? Even then God fed them and watered them, He cared for them and met their basic needs.  All they had to do was keep following, but time and time again we see the Israelite’s sin against God.  They sinned against God, the one who set them free.  I read the story and I’m blown away by the ungrateful hearts of the Israelite’s.  How could they do this? How could they complain and turn their backs on God, and then…….. Bam!!! hello that’s me…..that’s you!!

If we are honest, we have been no better than those complaining, sinful Israelite’s.  Let something go wrong in our lives and who are we the first to blame? God mostly, and then we start blaming other people.  We never look at ourselves, and never take responsibility for our actions. God always gets the bad wrap, even when He is taking care of us in our weakness, in our struggles, He’s still there and He still cares, yet we throw our wrath up to Him and turn our backs.  We sin, we fall, we blame God and others but we never look to see just what all God has done for us.

Let’s take the cross out of the picture for a moment.  You see God does so much for us that we don’t even think about.  Take a deep breath in and then let it out.  You didn’t do that….God did that….. He filled your lungs with air and allowed you to exhale all of that air.  You can’t manufacture breath no matter how hard you try. If we as humans could breathe and manufacture breath then we would never die right?  Think about that.  Ok, on to the the next thing.  When did you eat last? When did you have that last water, coke, Dr. Pepper, etc…? Are you reading this on your smart phone? on a computer? Are you in your house? Are you sleeping on a bed at night? Do you have running water?

Here is my point, God has blessed us with so much more than we give him credit for.  Many will argue that yes they in fact do have a smart phone, a house, a computer, etc…and they worked hard to have all that they do, but when we trace it all back to the root of it all It was because God put that breath in us. It was the ability He has given us to go out and work.  It’s all about God yet we choose to live for ourselves, turn from God and live in sin.  He has done so much for us.  We are modern day Israelite’s, but….. verse 8

Yet he saved them for his name’s sake,
    that he might make known his mighty power.

Even though the Israelite’s were a bunch of complainers and sinners, God chose to save them. He put his power on display in their lives and He saved them, He spared their life.  He also did the same for all of mankind when He sent His Son Jesus to the world to be murdered on a tree so that all sinners can be saved.  Wow! Even though we complain, steal His breath, turn our backs He still chose to die for us, so that we might be saved.  He chooses to forgive our sins, love us, care for us and continue to bless us.  He truly is a GOOD GOOD FATHER.

Worship Him today

In Christ,

Steven

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