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HOW QUICKLY WE FORGET

Exodus 32:1-5

 

When the people saw that Moses took so long in coming down the mountain, they gathered around Aaron and said, “come make us gods who will go before us. As for this fellow Moses who brought us up out of Egypt, we don’t know what has happened to him”.  Aaron answered them, “take off the gold earrings that your wives, your sons and daughters are wearing, and bring them to me”.  So all the people took off their earrings and brought them to Aaron. He took what they handed him and made it into an idol cast in the shape of a calf, fashioning it with a tool then said “These are your gods, Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt”.

 

When I read this I think, are these people for real? Have they so quickly forgotten all that God has done for them? Have they forgotten all the miraculous things God has shown them? The plagues? Divided the sea? Provided the manna and quail? And many more? And yet they still turn their backs on God and worship idols and say these are our gods that brought us out of Egypt.

 

It blows my mind to read this and then I think, we as people do the exact same thing is they did. Don’t we? We have God’s word and yet still forget at times all they got He has done. We work to purchase things, homes, cars, build large bank accounts and put them on a pedestal or the top of our list and pretty much worship them. They become our main focus, everything to us.

 

God was so angry.  He wanted to destroy all his people but had mercy on them and let the ones that were for the Lord live. I thank God for sending His son Jesus, to pay the price for all our sins, so that we will be forgiven and not have to pay the price for our sinfull ways.

 

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GOD ANSWERS PRAYER

Psalm 88: 1-2 says, O Lord, the God of my salvation, I have cried out by day and in the night before you. Let my prayer come before you; Incline your ear to my cry.

As I read Psalm 88, it reminds me of myself in a low place in time when I was at the bottom. I was struggling with a crumbled marriage, addictions with drugs and alcohol and being a single father with two kids. Things seem to get worse by the day. I knew the truth of God's Word being raised up in church and in a Christian home but spent many years turning my back to it.

Psalm 88:18 says, you have removed lover and friend far from me; my acquaintances are in darkness.

In November of 2004, I literally felt God remove me out of the situation I was in and dropped me here in Dallas to live with my parents, who my children had already been living with for about 6 months. When I arrived I struggled internally with loneliness and being away from friends and going cold turkey on all my addictions. All I had left was prayer and knowing God had a plan and that He was in control. I rededicated my life to Him soon after moving to Dallas. It wasn't until the first Sunday I came to Faith Bible Church I realized just how many people had been praying for me for so many years. People I didn't know, my mother's friends. My mother and her friends witnessed what constant prayer can do in a person's life, their prayer changed my children's and my life.

God has heard my prayer. God has given me a wonderful Christian wife and four beautiful kids. I thank God for answering the prayers of my parents and friends and for the changed life I have today.

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