“And the Lord said to Moses, “How long will this people despise me? And how long will they refuse to believe in me, in spite of all the signs that I have done among them?” Numbers 14:11
Recently, a woman and I were discussing the Bible, and God’s mysterious ways, and she said; “I usually get angry when I read the Old Testament”
“Why?” I asked her, wondering.
“The Israelites are the worst, ungrateful people. They kept sinning, and the Lord forgave them but these people are so stubborn. The more they sinned, are being punished, then they will cry to God and He will forgive them, yet, they will go back into sinning.”
This woman’s word stayed firm in my head, and I couldn’t help remembering this each time I read through the Old Testament. Indeed, the Israelites in the Biblical days are just too wayward, and truly ungrateful.
It just seemed they never appreciate what God did for them. He took them out of severe slavery, parted the seas for them to pass through, destroyed many gigantic nations & kings for them, fed them with manna, with meat, provided water via the rock for them, BUT these Israelites remained worst off.
The greatest mischief they’d committed was confronting Samuel, the prophet, and demanding him to anoint for them a king, which under God’s acceptation, Samuel did.
In spite of their crimes, God’s steadfast love remains forever with them; His mercy and compassion did not go away from these people. If you look at the history of the biblical Israelites, and compare it with the modern day events, and countries, you will notice the similarities. Take a reflection on the USA & Nigeria; they have serious issues with terrorism, religion war and many issues, respectively. From these countries, several crimes abound almost without any remorse, such as murder, killings, kidnapping, forgeries, natural disasters, war, and et cetera. In diverse times, each country, government, and its citizens failed to find God first in their situation, thus depending on their personal understanding.
But these countries have seen God’s abundant love manifesting forever on them. God has been so faithful to them, blessing them, protecting them from calamity, providing for them, and sustaining them in all means.
This is because in Numbers 14:18, Moses, addressing the congregation, said; “The Lord is slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love, forgiving iniquity and transgression…”
It is the steadfast love, mercy and faithfulness of God that preserve, protect and sustain. Like the Israelites, America and Nigeria only need to return to their first love, to place their burdens upon His shoulders because He will take care of all for them.
There is no need fighting against humans in the name of restoring peace. You don’t fight such battle and believe you will win. It only results in losses of human lives.
God loves us, He cares for each and every one of us. When we as nations, come to God, ask for forgiveness and then comes the restitution, then we shall find peace, such that surpasses all understanding.
So, will you abandon all, now, and return to your first love?
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