"And the Israelites served the LORD throughout the lifetime of Joshua and the leaders who outlived him -- those who had seen all the great things the LORD had done for Israel. Then Joshua son of Nun, the servant of the LORD, died at the age of 110. They buried him in the land he had inherited, at Timnath-serah in the hill country of Ephraim, north of Mount Gaash. After that generation died, another generation grew up who did not acknowledge the LORD or remember the mighty things he had done for Israel. Then the Israelites did what was evil in the LORD's sight and worshiped the images of Baal."
Everything about us is rooted in what we believe about God. For example, if we believe He is good then when something hard happens we persevere, our faith increases and we are full of hope. If we doubt God's goodness and rather believe He is incompetent or doesn't care about us or our desires, we are tight-fisted, self-reliant and untrusting.
So of course Scripture says, "another generation grew up who did not acknowledge the Lord or remember the mighty things he had done... then the Israelites did what was evil in the Lord's sight." They hadn't seen the great and mighty things the Lord had done. And just because they hadn't seen, doesn't mean it didn't happen. Have you ever seen that mind trick where you are to count the times a ball is passed around in a group of people and turns out someone dressed up like a gorilla had walked through, spun around and you completely missed it (unless you knew to look for it). Well, the same is true with the Lord. He IS showing His great and mighty deeds everyday. He promised us He shows His character through the things He has created and it's our fault if we don't see Him. (Romans 1:20) And not only is He showing Himself through everything created but also through His Word and His fullness dwelt in bodily form in Jesus. If we want to see the Father, look at the Son.
If we are not seeing what is true about the Lord, then we can't believe what's true about Him and whatever is in our hearts comes out in action. So of course we, just like the Israelites did will end up doing what is evil in the eyes of the Lord. Ugh.
So the question for us is what we are believing about God true? Because it's a big deal if it's not. It will effect everything about us.
Here's a practical way to know.
Recount the last few hours and make a list of the things you did, thought and felt. What do they show you you are believing about God?
I am so grateful the Lord has chosen to reveal Himself to us. Since believing the truth about the Lord leads to life.
How are you putting the truth about God and what He is like before the people in your life?
Rock box- In Joshua, when the people crossed the Sea God told them to make a pile of 12 huge rocks as a memorial to be a reminder for them and their kids of what God had done. You can do the same. Write on rocks how God has come through for you and keep them in a special jar or container to display. Then when others see and comment, it's a great opportunity to brag on God. And it's a good way to keep the reminder before you kids.
Memory box display- Same thing as the rock box but use a little something that reminds you of how God came through instead of rocks.
Blog for the purpose of recounting what He has done in your life. (Like Rina and Esther. If you have a blog for the purpose of telling about the incredible-ness of God, please leave the url in the comments.)
What other ideas do you have for putting the truth about God before the people in your life?
Oh Lord, make us better at being magnifying glasses to the people in our life of Your glory. Give us ideas of how to creatively display You, how to tell about you in engaging ways and how to more often proclaim Your excellencies from day to day.
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Glimpse of Glory in Judges