Enjoy Life, Enjoy God

Dale Patterson


July 6, 2011

It's a word to be used cautiously, but a word that God and the Prophets use: Worthless.

They followed worthless idols and themselves became worthless.  They imitated the nations around them although the Lord had offered them, "Do not do as they do."
                                                 - 2 Kings 17:15 TNIV
Philosopher George Santayana said, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."  2 Kings 17 records the last days of the Northern Kingdom, Israel.  It also offers us a diagnosis of a significant part of Israel's problem.  Israel no longer sought God's counsel, God's Word, but looked to the people and ways of the people around them--"imitated."  And that was all she wrote.
I am certain that a reason we have God's Word to us is that we might be blessed not to repeat history's mistakes.  Today I pray, we've learned something from the collapse of Israel.  Have we?
Dale Patterson