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Great Is Your Faithfulness
Series: Reclaimed - Uncovering Your Worth
Week 6: Rising Action: Mary - Day 3
Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail (Lamentations 3:21 NIV).
Yesterday we spent some time blessing God in response to the numerous ways He has first blessed us. Go back to the beginning of yesterday’s lesson and read what David wrote in Psalm 103. This exercise of blessing is one that we need to practice. In my experience, this exercise is not one that comes easily to us, which is why it’s not totally surprising that David challenges us to not only bless the Lord, but to keep all His benefits in the forefront of our minds. He urges not to forget. This is somewhat of a recurring theme in the Psalms and throughout the Scriptures as a whole. Look up the following verses and write a brief summary in the blanks pro- vided.
The act of worship beckons us to look back, to recall, and to remember the great work the Lord has done. I think there is no better story that teaches us the gravity of looking back than that of Moses and the Israelites. I am sure that many of you are familiar with this story. Moses, called and appointed by God, led the Israelites out of slavery. Of course, it took ten very unpleasant plagues delivered by God Himself to convince Pharaoh to concede to the release of the Israelites. Even then, Pharaoh didn’t totally get it because he sent a whole bunch of his men in pursuit of God’s people, only to have each and every one of them swallowed up by the Red Sea. It’s a great story, but what interests me more, especially in light of our study today, is what happens next. We find the Israelites wandering in the desert. At the first sign of struggle, they allow the nagging hunger in their bellies and their parched mouths to unhinge them completely. They cry out against the Lord. Against who? You know, God, the One that just saved them from two hundred and fifteen years of slavery under the Egyptians. Read what happens in Numbers 20:1-4.
Can you believe it? They actually thought it would be better back in Egypt. They are free for the first time in a long, long time, but they’d rather go back. I read in disbelief, I scoff, I judge, and I am appalled. Deep down I know the truth. I am much more like them than I would like to admit. There is something to all this talk about remembering. I wonder if the Israelites might have acted differently had they paused to remember the many ways in which God had supernaturally intervened on their behalf. I wonder how they would have felt if they had counted the ways that God had blessed them. If you remember from yesterday’s lesson, we defined blessing as the happiness, joy, and sense of contentment that come ...
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