Good times, bad times, at the same time…

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Psalm 106:21 (The Israelites) forgot God, their Savior, who had done great things in Egypt, 22 wondrous works in the land of Ham, and awesome deeds by the Red Sea. 23 Therefore he said he would destroy them — had not Moses, his chosen one, stood in the breach before him, to turn away his wrath from destroying them.

The psalmist is recalling the story of God’s people in the wilderness after they were led out of slavery by Moses to make a new home in the Promised Land. What I find interesting is the way the story is told compared to other places in scripture.

Sometimes this story is told from the perspective of blessing, emphasizing all that went right in the wilderness. Here, however, there is a focus on what went wrong. The people “forgot God” and disobeyed God’s commands – to the point that God seriously considered “destroying them”.

The fact is that both characterizations are correct. There was both great blessing and great brokenness in the relationship between God and God’s people during their time in the wilderness. Such is the story of my relationship with the Lord. There are good times and times gone wrong as a result of my sin. I’m not proud of that, but it’s true.

This morning I’m grateful for God’s patience with me. I cling to the promise that God forgives our sin and remembers our sin no more. Thanks be to God!

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