August 28

Psalm 81:1, 10-16

“I am the Lord your God, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt. Open your mouth wide and I will fill it.” vs. 10

From the psalmist’s perspective, the Lord was responsible for Israel’s existence as a people. Once they had been slaves…the fact that they had a land of their own was totally due to the Lord’s intervention. Not only had the Lord given them freedom, the Lord had also promised to sustain them with all they could possibly need. The problem was that Israel insisted on going its own way…the people paid no attention to the counsels of the Lord and instead did their own thing…they even found more interesting gods. Folks in our day seem to have inherited that gene! We too owe all that we have and are to God…God is our originator and our sustainer. And we also insist on following our own desires and chasing after false promises. And we’ve done it over and over again for generations, somehow under the impression that it’s all going to work out for us. And it doesn’t! It just doesn’t work to live apart from God, no matter what our celebrities and politicians say. Many people have discovered exactly that, and as they’ve turned back to God they’ve made an incredible discovery. We’ve not been abandoned! God remains willing to fill our lives with every good thing and restore in us the divine image. And it all continues to be a total gift! Praise be to the Lord!

Thought for the Day: How has following my own desires worked out?

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