Then the people answered, “Far be it from us that we should forsake the Lord to serve other gods; for it is the Lord our God who brought us and our ancestors up from the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery, and who did those great signs in our sight. He protected us along all the way that we went, and among all the peoples through whom we passed
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The call for loyalty to God came up on a regular basis especially in the Old Testament during a time when everyone and their camel herder was asking for loyalty. Trust is earned and when damaged, trust is difficult and almost impossible to restore to pristine condition. Grace and forgiveness as a muscle for healing and a history of flexing that muscle can go a long way in healing brokenness before it festers and puts the relationship in jeopardy. It is all right to ask for loyalty if the one to whom the loyalty is directed has a history of grace, forgiveness and keeping promises. My personal history with the God of Joshua and Jesus is full of potholes, pitfalls, hurricanes and whalespit. I have been confused and frustrated by this God. I have pushed and pulled. But this God has a history of love unmatched by anything I could invent with my more than fertile imagination. I have floated in a lot of whalespit but have not to this day drown in it. As for me and my spit soaked household, I will serve the Lord.
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Holy God, to whom shall we go? You rock! Amen.