One of the signs that it is time to renew our commitment to the Lord, is when our only recollection of His goodness and grace are the stories from our ancestors. As the people of Israel walked with God, they saw Him literally clear the nation of so many different tribes and peoples that listing them grew outrageous. Still, as they grew comfortable in their new home; they lost sight of the personal relationship God had with his people.
The result was devastating, and the Israelite people lost everything they had gained. They were scattered and exiled away. Soon, the only memories of his power, were the traditions and stories passed down generation after generation. There were no personal victories; no stories of real power in their lives…
God wants to keep it real and keep it fresh. He reminds us that if we will seek him and trust him he will direct our paths, give us our heart’s desire, and lead us through the world’s mess and into an eternal life with him. It is not an easy journey; it is not without trial and temptation. If we will trust him, however, he will make our lives amazing and our walks with him–personal and full of love and his glory. Jesus said it best, “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you!” Matthew 6:33
God Bless You
We have heard it with our ears, O God;
our ancestors have told us
what you did in their days,
in days long ago.
2 With your hand you drove out the nations
and planted our ancestors;
you crushed the peoples
and made our ancestors flourish.
3 It was not by their sword that they won the land,
nor did their arm bring them victory;
it was your right hand, your arm,
and the light of your face, for you loved them.
4 You are my King and my God,
who decrees victories for Jacob.
5 Through you we push back our enemies;
through your name we trample our foes.
6 I put no trust in my bow,
my sword does not bring me victory;
7 but you give us victory over our enemies,
you put our adversaries to shame.
8 In God we make our boast all day long,
and we will praise your name forever.