Reading the Word
Psalm 78:32–37 (ESV)
32 In spite of all this, they still sinned; despite his wonders, they did not believe. 33 So he made their days vanish like a breath, and their years in terror. 34 When he killed them, they sought him; they repented and sought God earnestly. 35 They remembered that God was their rock, the Most High God their redeemer. 36 But they flattered him with their mouths; they lied to him with their tongues. 37 Their heart was not steadfast toward him; they were not faithful to his covenant.
Understanding and Applying the Word
Even after God punished the people for grumbling and complaining, they did not believe. They were afraid to enter the Promised Land and instead desired to return to Egypt. God punished the people by banishing them to wander in the desert for forty years until the entire generation had passed away. They would never enter the land that God was delivering them to. The people seemed to turn to God as a result of his discipline, but it turned out to be superficial only. Over time, the people showed their unfaithfulness and true relationship with God by turning away.
It is often in times of difficulty that people call out to God for help. Often, when God shows his grace and mercy, those same people make vows to God and say many flattering things about him that soon fade away. Instead of fully trusting in him, they go back to their old ways and forget about God until trouble comes again. This reveals the sinful heart that only uses God to serve self. Let us pray to God that our love for him would be genuine and through every circumstance we find ourselves in.
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