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They had no excuse! The children of Israel were led from Egypt by the very presence of God. They were fed, watered, protected and blessed by a loving God; that wanted nothing more, than to bless them and release them into a free life in their own land. 

The Bible chronicles the story of their lives, their failures and of God’s patience; but, at some point, God saw that the slaves he led out were never going to accept the freedom he was providing. So, he never let them fully enjoy it. 

Their kid’s however–born into freedom, would know nothing other than God’s presence and his leadership.  They not only entered Canaan; but, they followed God’s leadership and cleared Canaan. It was their land–and still is today. It was a matter of trust.  The same God provided the same blessing–but, it was the trust and faith of the people that made the difference.

Like Israel, we have no excuse. We have God’s word to chronicle His power and Love. He has made clear through nature, history and His spirit–that he is in charge, and simply wants to bless us, if we will trust him. Still, like Israel, we struggle to accept the freedom God offers.  What’s more, we are always hedging to do things in our power, rather than counting upon his power to protect and lead us on the journey. As the psalmist sings–“Let’s be different and simply trust and praise God.”  Then, like the 2nd generation, we can enjoy the blessing God longs to share with us. It is a gift–We simply have to accept it. On this week of Easter–embrace and accept the gift God longs to share!!!

God Bless You

Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord;
    let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come before him with thanksgiving
    and extol him with music and song.

For the Lord is the great God,
    the great King above all gods.
In his hand are the depths of the earth,
    and the mountain peaks belong to him.
The sea is his, for he made it,
    and his hands formed the dry land.

Come, let us bow down in worship,
    let us kneel before the Lord our Maker;
for he is our God
    and we are the people of his pasture,
    the flock under his care.

Today, if only you would hear his voice,
“Do not harden your hearts as you did at Meribah,[a]
    as you did that day at Massah[b] in the wilderness,
where your ancestors tested me;
    they tried me, though they had seen what I did.
10 For forty years I was angry with that generation;
    I said, ‘They are a people whose hearts go astray,
    and they have not known my ways.’
11 So I declared on oath in my anger,
    ‘They shall never enter my rest.’”