After a two month journey through the Bible we are ending the Epic Fails series today and boy what a journey it has been! I know for me I've learned so much and been challenged in fresh ways to pursue God with righteousness; it's been a powerful exploration for me and I hope it has been for you as well. We close the series by briefly looking at perhaps the entity prone to epic fails most: the nation of Israel. Time and again, over many years, they struggled to hold firm to their faith in God.
1 Corinthians 10:1-13 says about the nation,
God delivers them from the hands of the Egyptians and rescues them from slavery, yet they complain and lack faith all throughout their journey to the Promised Land. Israel commits idolatry more than I’d like to count. Sexual immorality was a problem, as we read in today’s passage. God is constantly correcting the nation, His people, even though He is always showing them how good He is to them. It’s why they wandered 40 years in the desert. It’s why they were constantly overtaken by their enemies and even exiled to Babylon.
Israel was prone to wander, but then again, so are we. Truth is, if God can still have patience, grace, and love for His people over thousands of years, He has it for you and me. There may be times of correction but it’s because God loves us He does these things, like any good parent.
If there is one thing you take away from this plan it’s that I hope you see your past doesn’t define you or your future. If these men and women messed up big time and God still used them for great purposes, won’t He use you as well? He is the same for you as He was for them; God's guaranteed to never change. Trust in that and put your hope in Him. All you need is a repentant heart and commitment to follow Him. You’re not promised an easy life, but you are promised that He will always be with you.
Are you struggling to stay on the path of righteousness? What can you do to eliminate the temptation and stay true to God's calling on your life?
How has this series impacted you? Take some time to journal what you believe God has been teaching you and how you'd like to implement it in your own journey.