When we become Christians we enter the school of Christ. We come under the direct tutelage of the Holy Spirit and should move normally upward by stages toward spiritual perfection. But the truth is most of us do not.When the children of Israel came out of Egypt they became students in God’s school of experience, but they were slow to learn and sometimes they did not learn at all or forgot at critical moments all that they had learned. The Old Testament is helpful reading, not because of any worthy qualities it reveals about Israel but because in it we see the great kindness and long-suffering of God toward a dull and wrongheaded people who managed to go through school without learning anything.Because Israel could not or would not learn from experience they were at various times defeated, oppressed, dispossessed, and at last they were rejected outright and dispersed throughout the world. The presence of Jews in every corner of the world is a witness to this.That Israel should have learned and did not is no proof that they were more obtuse than the rest of us; it proves rather that they were very much like us. Instead of smugly condemning a nation for its folly we had better consider ourselves lest we also fall. For the record of the church is no better than that of Israel. Before the last book of the New Testament had been finished the church had started through the same cycle of learning and forgetting, rising and falling, sinning and repenting that had marked Israel in earlier times. And after the passing of 1,900 years we are still at it.Verse:Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Matthew 11:29Thought:The current state of evangelicalism in the United States in some ways resembles that of Israel of old. We seem to be more influenced by our culture than influencing it; declining understanding of Scripture; ignorance of deeper life living; increased social activism and decreased emphasis on life-changing new birth. Are we unwilling to learn or simply learning the wrong things?Prayer:Lord, You invite me to learn from You. Oh, may I draw near to listen and learn from You!Source: http://www.cmalliance.org/devotions (4/30/14)
This is very good. Thank you.
Agreeing with this whole heartedly. And God is working on all of us to accept this truth. I listened to this message all night by Art Katz that challenges us: WHAT IF http://ia601200.us.archive.org/21/items/SERMONINDEX_SID7245/SID7245.mp3Father,Are we not only learning, but unlearning??? As Art says,"Back to the drawing board". Our ways are not Your ways, our thoughts are not Your thoughts.In love, bring us back, dear Lord. I pray for all of us who belong to You.In Jesus Precious Name,L
That Israel should have learned and did not is no proof that they were more obtuse than the rest of us; it proves rather that they were very much like us. Instead of smugly condemning a nation for its folly we had better consider ourselves lest we also fallSo so true. If we all judged ourselves daily.. Like Davids Psalm 51:10 Create in Me... a clean heart Oh LORD renew a right spirit within me...Make us more like you LORD with your fire...