In these chapters are more warnings and applications for us today. Yes,this was about the Israelites but even still I see much of us today in these chapters.
I believe there is a key verse in chapter 16 – verse 28 “…and even after that, you still were not satisfied.” Not only is this a key verse but it should serve as a huge warning for us today. How easy it is to become less than satisfied and to want more. What does it mean to be satisfied? One meaning is to gratify to the full. There are many things in this world that bring us satiety, and God wants to be the primary and foremost in that area. Are you satisfied with God the provider, the protector, the healer, the comforter, etc.? Or, are you always wanting more? These are good thought-provoking questions, one’s we all, perhaps, need to take before God for the answers.
There was also a huge ouch for the children of God in these chapters – did you catch it in chapter 16? “As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord, your sister Sodom and her daughters never did what you and your daughters have done.” That one should have really stung, but I suspect it fell on deaf ears as well. Remember Sodom and Gomorrah – they were completely destroyed for this sins against God and how far they had wandered from a godly life (see Genesis 18-19).
You know it is really, really easy to wander away. Think of a small child for instance, they see something that draws them off just a little bit from their parent, and as they are enjoying that thing, they spy another and are intrigued and wander further, and then just over there is something that is really looking good and they wander even further. Before they know it they have wandered so far they can no longer see their home, their parent, or anything that resembles what they once knew. I can’t help but wonder where I might be in the wandering process. Can I still see my parent, can I still see home? Can I recognize my homeland? Is anything of God still seeable?
In the story above if the child wanders far enough away the parent can no longer see the child, and the child may be lost forever. Here is the good news we cannot wander so far off that God cannot find us or restore us. All we need do is recognize we are lost, lift our arms up, cry out Abba Father (daddy) and He is there ready to forgive and place us in His grasp once again.
Until next time,