I’ve been very fortunate to have godly women and men provide me guidance and insight throughout my life. I love hearing their stories and listening to what matters to them. I’ve watched, listened and observed as they journeyed through various aspects of life. Their stories both teach me and provide me context. That whole “iron sharpens iron” thing is big with me.
Psalm 107 has beautiful words describing God’s compassionate heart for his people when they call on his name (“they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress”). But on closer inspection, we see the cause of their trouble was of their own making. They rebelled against the Lord; they despised his plans; they were a foolish people. Centuries later, Paul is frustrated with that same human nature. No wonder he says, “I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ” (Gal 1:6).
The Israelites’ journey from king to king was a rollercoaster of faithful submission followed by moral decay. History shows us how quickly a people can change the object of their devotion, whether they are the Israelites, the early Christians, or us. How quickly we desert his calling on our lives. Yet God is patient, willing to hear us when we cry, and quick to draw us lovingly to himself.
Thank you, Father, for preserving both the failures and the rejoicing of your people through your word. Understanding the past alleviates the need for me to learn everything (again) for myself. I’m so grateful for those that have shared life with me, allowing me to see both hurt and healing; discouragement and delight. They’ve provided hope through trials, and strength when feeble.
“Give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds” Ps 107:21
Gord’s role as Chair of the Elder’s Board is only trumped by being Janice’s husband and grandpa to six great grandkids!