Friday, March 12, 2010

"For ask now of the days that are past..." Deut 4.32

Typically whenever we hear a text such as this, or Jer 6.16 where the Bible tells us to ask and seek for the old paths, we are prone to think that God has done some great works in the past (and indeed he has) but that today he is through with those works. Our text does not imply that at all though; in its entirety it reads, "Ask now of the former days that are past, which were before thee, since the day that God created man upon the earth, and ask from the one side of heaven unto the other, whether there hath been any such thing as great as this is, or hath been heard like it?"We must not get caught in the trap that the devil has laid for us in thinking that God has done mighty works of old, but that today he is powerless to help us. One of the great attributes of God is that he is eternally consistent. He never changes, that includes all of his power, all of his grace, all of his love, all of his mighty acts that he has shown. Israel had seen some great things in their day, they had seen Almighty God destroy nations greater and mightier than they were, they had seen Gods hand keep their shoes from wearing out for 40 years in the wilderness. But most amazing of all, they saw God speak to man, and give him his words to have and hold, and a mountain burning with blackness and darkness, and man lived! God had been at work in the days of Israels wandering in the wilderness in ways that were never heard of. Today God desires to do a work in us that has never been heard of before. There is certainly opposition, there is definitely difficulties, but there is a work that God wants to see done today. The wilderness we are in today might just be the one God has placed in our path to the promised land to do things for us, to us, and through us that have never been heard of before.

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