The worst Jewish soap opera ever.
Reading the book of Exodus is like eating ice-cream when you are lactose intolerant.
It tastes incredible and you could eat it all day but give it enough time to digest and you’ll find yourself doing the impossible: taking the browns to the super bowl on back to back occasions.
Alright that was gross and a bit ‘junior high’. I’m sorry.
But seriously though, if you are ever feeling ‘bad’ or ‘down’ on yourself, just read Exodus and chances are your day will get a lot better because these guys were seriously screwed up. Just check out this brief summary of their journey.
- God split the sea to save them from Egypt. The sea... split in half. ‘Nuff said right?
(No, 3 days later, they whined against Moses cause their water was bitter)
- God miraculously turned the water sweet.
(Less than a month later, they told Moses they wished they were back in Egypt cause they were hungry)
- God rained bread from heaven by sending ravens to bring them food.
(Guess what happened later? they built a golden calf and worshiped it)
How messed up is that? REALLY messed up.
Its like a bad Jewish soap opera and I like to watch it because it makes me feel good about me. Until I let it digest and all of a sudden, I see myself in the mirror.
I am them.
Actually I am a worse version of them if I'm being honest. Yes I haven’t seen God split the sea and I’ve never gotten fed by birds before but I have been in the desert and God has moved mountains to reach me.
I could go on and on. Point is, really, everything I am or have today is a miracle.
But if you watched my life, you might never know it because I’m either busy complaining, doubting, chasing after other gods or putting my hope in things other than God in-between all those miracles.
It's like we get spiritual amnesia when we’re in a storm and all we see is the problem we’re facing.
The good news is, the prescription God often gave in the bible for spiritual amnesia was very simple: Remember.
Over and over and over again in the Old Testament, God commands his people to remember and tell of what He has done in their lives.
Remember and tell of Gods goodness.
I know we all have big miracles we are trusting God to do in our lives, but here's the deal...
Long term, It doesn’t matter how much God has worked in your life or how many BIG miracles you experience, if you don’t build a habit of remembering and telling of his past goodness, you’ll just end up being a 21st century version of the Jews in Exodus.
I don’t know about you but that makes me sick. I don’t want that to be my story. I don’t want people to look at the totality of my life and go 'wow, he did that after God was so good to him? How dense could he have been?'
2012 is almost here and before we know it 2011 will be in the books. You can’t wait? I can’t wait either. But before we write off 2011, can we just pause, remember and tell of what God has done in our lives?
Please don't just read, give a mental amen and move on. Stop. Remember. Tell.
What are some great, big or small ways you've seen God move in your life?
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