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The Story: Same Old Pattern

January 17, 2016
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Trash or Recycling?

Trash or Recycling?

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“The old pattern of father not like son continued…” Judah faced a roller coaster ending. One king would tear down the worship centers dedicated to idols and the next king (usually a son) would build them right back. The warnings of the prophets went unheeded and the inevitable doom happened.

It is easy to look back on history and be critical of Judah’s wayward nature. However, Paul’s words in Romans 7 are reflected in many of our lives. “For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing.” (v. 19) We find ourselves constantly tempted to do evil or failing to do what is right. This cycle leaves us fearful of imminent doom.

But the story does not end in a vortex of destruction. God’s relentless love still echoes in the land of exile. Devoid of all the external trappings that propped up their civilization – temple, king, and land – the people of God heard the words of hope woven into God’s message from the prophets. “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23

Who is king in your life today – a good king or a bad king? Either way, the invitation is still the same. The Lord’s great love wants us back. No matter how good our intentions, we will fail again. But God’s grace is greater than our sin. Seek not to live in the strength of your intentions, but in the power of his love. The invitation is to begin every morning with the ‘Good King’ on the throne of your heart!

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