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Are You Forgetting Something?

unrequitedSo each generation should set its hope anew on God, not forgetting his glorious miracles and obeying his commands. – Psalm 78:7

The Israelites’ “forgetfulness” is the motif of Psalm 78 revolving around God’s unrequited love for His people, his “special possession.”  Despite all the wonders He’s done, despite the miracles, despite the good times and bad, the Israelites kept forgetting something – the heart of God.

Fault of the Israelites

The Israelites’ obedience and disobedience centered on one theme: their relationship with God.  Collectively speaking, they had a toxic relationship with God in which they were the ones abusing the relationship.  Sinning against God is not about violating the do’s and don’ts of the commandments; it’s about the impact of sin on one’s relationship with God.  Note the following characteristics of the Israelites:

  • Refusal to trust (Psalm 78:32-33)
  • Disobedient (Psalm 78:10)
  • Demanding (Psalm 78:18)
  • Tested God in their hearts (Psalm 78:18)
  • Refusal to give their hearts to God (Psalm 78:8)
  • Turned something positive into negative (Psalm 78:19-20)
  • Unbelieving (Psalm 78:22)

Yet in spite of all this, Psalm 78 ends with this verse:

 He cared for them with a true heart and led them with skilled hands. – Psalm 78:72

God appointed David to be the shepherd of the Israelites, who are described as God’s “special possession” (Psalm 78:62) and “God’s own people” (Psalm 78:71).

In my opinion, one of the greatest characteristics of a Christian is someone who demonstrates God’s undying love for you.  This means that no matter what you confess, no matter what background you come from, you can come face-to-face with this individual, knowing that he or she is walking with God so closely that they will lead you with a gentle staff and redirect you to Christ, the Overseer and Lover of your soul.  For it is Christ’s love that compels us and drives us forward and closer to God.

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Abraham Believed…And So He Became

sec“How important is your faith?” asked Peter Garcia, Evangelist of the Lighthouse Ministry.  It is so important that “it defines you,” and that is exactly what happened to Abraham, commonly referred to as the father of our faith.  Today’s sermon was particularly powerful because, in my opinion, I don’t think that people have trouble believing – they just have a hard time believing the right things, especially good parts about themselves.  If you know the story of Abraham, the father of faith whom God exalted all throughout the scriptures, you probably have heard of his major mistakes and shortcomings, but it’s interesting to note that none of Abraham’s mistakes were listed in Romans 4.  Instead, you will find that Abraham focused on hope rather than his circumstances:

“Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations…” Romans 4:18 (emphasis added)

Putting your faith in God is more than just positive thinking.  It enables the impossible to be possible.  At an age when Abraham and his wife were biologically unable to procreate, God enabled Sarah to conceive because Abraham believed.  Also, just because Abraham had great faith, it doesn’t mean he was blind to the facts.

“Without weakening in his faith, [Abraham] faced the fact that his body was as good as dead…” Romans 4:19

Abraham knew full well that his body was good as dead in regards to procreation, but despite the facts of his circumstances, he still believed that God would work miracles because of who God is.  Sometimes, when a breakthrough or miracle seems impossible, we have to rely on God’s character to carry us through.  Where are the promises?  They’re coming!  What makes you think so?  Because God is faithful.  Because He said so.  In the eye of the storm, God will carry you through.  It’s all about trust.

“It is what it is, but it’s not what it seems.”  This quote from the sermon reminded me of the many times when I uttered, “It is what it is,” after I threw in the towel about some situation.  When I felt hopeless, I accepted things as they are.  But they don’t have to be that way, because God is always working behind the scenes, and we, like Abraham, need to press on because things will get better and the blessings God has for your life will happen…if you believe.  I’m sure there are times when you look back in hindsight, you realized that better things were happening behind the scenes but you didn’t know it until you found out later on!  If you don’t give up, you will have the opportunity in the future to look back on your current circumstances and understand why things turned out the way they did.  How will you allow the scriptures to change your perspective about your current situation?  And how will your faith transform you?

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