Good Morning January 12

In their better times, ancient Israel was faithful to the Lord. They worshiped, they sought the Lord’s direction for their nation, and they followed it. Aliens from foreign nations would sometimes come and join Israel. Their laws taught them how to treat aliens with kindness. The aliens might come because they saw the good way in which Israel lived. They desired something better for themselves. When foreigners came they were guided in the ways of the Lord. Israel was willing to accept and respect foreigners, but they were not willing to change the values by which they lived, values that had been given them by God for their good, and that had worked for their blessing. Unfortunately, they began to accept the values and religions of these foreign peoples, mixing wrong practices with their own. It would take some years, but destruction always followed. How easy it is to forget the lesson of the Psalmist: “The plans of the LORD stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations. Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people he chose for his inheritance.” (33:11-12) Take some time today and read all of this Psalm.