Joshua 22:5
“ But be very careful to keep the commandment and the law that Moses the servant of the Lord gave you: to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, to keep his commands, to hold fast to him and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul.”

So much of Jewish culture is built around remembering what God had done for them. When they remembered God’s goodness and faithfulness, it would give them strength to trust Him that much more, especially in the hard times. Israel’s story is very familiar as a story of the nation walking away from God and then repenting. It can be easy to wonder how they did it so easily. But the answer to that question is quite simple, they forgot who God was and what He had done for them time and time again. God was their protector. God was their provider. God was their source of hope and peace even when the world did not offer that to them. But they forgot, and they turned their eyes and hopes to things of this world. We often make the same mistakes, especially in a culture of productivity and time management. Let’s learn to reflect on God’s goodness and the good things He’s done for us.

by Michael Hasty, Deacon

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