Brief History Lesson

The United States Constitution and Declaration of Independence on a flag backgroundWhen I was in fourth grade, I loved Mrs. Smith’s Kentucky history lessons.  I also loved studying US History. When I studied World History, I didn’t connect quite as much. To this day I love studying history. I believe the old axiom, “to know where you’re going, you need to study where you’ve been.” The people of Israel were given a few history lessons from God and it was usually followed by some sobering punishment. Check this out….

10 It was I who brought you from the land of Egypt

    and led you for forty years through the desert

    so I could give you the land of the Amorites.
11 I made some of your children to be prophets
    and some of your young people to be Nazirites.

People of Israel, isn’t this true?” says the Lord.
12 “But you made the Nazirites drink wine

    and told the prophets not to prophesy.
13 Now I will make you get stuck,

    as a wagon loaded with grain gets stuck.
14 No one will escape, not even the fastest runner.

    Strong people will not be strong enough;
    warriors will not be able to save themselves.
15 Soldiers with bows and arrows will not stand and fight,
    and even fast runners will not get away;

    soldiers on horses will not escape alive.
16 At that time even the bravest warriors

    will run away without their armor,” says the Lord. (Amos 2:10-16 NCV)

Sometimes I get so caught in my own world that I think I’m in charge. That’s when I need a history lesson. I need to be reminded that the Lord is in charge of all that I see and know. He’s in charge of people who don’t know Him and don’t even follow Him. He is the Creator of our world and He knows everything about everything. I would be wise to seek His council in everything I do. He has been present through out history and He invites me into “His Story” to let Him live and work through me. I want my life to reflect Him in every way possible. History is His Story. History proves Him to be Faithful and Full of Grace and Mercy. He is so patient with me while I learn more of Him today and every day. I want my future as well as my past and present to be fully involved in His Story.

Pressing On!
Dwayne

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