Genesis 29:1-14

Psalm 81

I Corinthians 10:1-4

“Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it”. George Santayana

God working for His people. The Creator acting in human history. This is the common link between all three of today’s readings. The story found in Genesis is that of Jacob being led by God to find his wife Rachel. In Psalms the writer reminds the people, “I am the Lord your God, who brought you up out of Egypt. Open your mouth wide and I will fill it”. Then, I Corinthians makes this amazing claim, “ The Israelites ate the same spiritual food and drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ”.

The lesson to be learned from this history is that God is rooting for us and working on our behalf. He led Jacob to the right wife, made a way out of slavery for the Israelites, and has given everyone the gift of Christ. His active goodness has been there since day one and has been blessing each of us in ways large and small. History has been and is the story of this remarkable truth.

So why are we as Christians so bad at learning this lesson? Why do we repeatedly focus on fear, anxiety,  losing our faith, going our own way, putting other gods before the one who has been there since the beginning? Why do we look for ultimate answers in limited people and things who will only last for a few years and pass away?

Maybe each generation just makes it too complicated. The God who delivered a nation from slavery and a human race from death puts it this simply, “Open you mouth wide and I will fill it”.

Will Ward

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