Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it. (Ps. 34:14)
The nation of Israel has had a rocky relationship with the Lord. He is the ever-faithful One, the kinsman-redeemer, the merciful husband. But down throughout history, Israel turned from him over and over again. The Bible recounts story after story of rebellion and idolatry.
In the generational change recorded in Judges 2, the parents failed to instruct their children in the ways of the Lord and then that generation willingly turned from him. Unwilling to let his Beloved go and break his everlasting covenant, he allowed rogue nations to invade and plunder them, to take them captive. He knew this would cause them to call on his name for rescue. He was willing to do whatever was necessary to show them that they needed him. He wanted relationship with them even if he had to go to great lengths to make it happen.
Psalm 34 lists some of the benefits of being in relationship with him. It speaks of his provision and protection, of the blessings and goodness that he wants to give. Verse fourteen is his call to enjoy this life of blessing. Every generation is invited to know him deeply and enjoy his love. He beckons us to turn from evil and focus on him. Then we, like the ancient Hebrews, will discover the good he is waiting to bestow.
Be the generation who chooses God.
Valorie Quesenberry is a pastor’s wife and mom who lives in Indiana and likes to recharge with coffee and time with friends.
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Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.