Cycle of Insanity

We all know the definition of insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. We KNOW it in our heads but do our lives reflect this knowledge or something else?

In the book of Judges (and really all throughout the Old Testament) the Israelites are constantly doing the same thing over and over, yet they are constantly surprised when things don’t go their way. They sin and turn to other gods and as a result they are oppressed by other nations, they cry out to God and repent, God comes through again and rescues them. Then it all starts over. Wash. Rinse. Repeat.

You think once or twice would be enough for the Israelites to get it. But in Judges they are oppressed by 6 DIFFERENT NATIONS!

Gosh, I wonder why this keeps happening?! (*Facepalm*).

But good thing we are better off now than those stubborn Israelites right! (*Another facepalm*)

Of course we get stuck in the same cycles today don’t we? And this keeps happening because we are forgetful people. We forget! We are far too often at the center of our own universe and we forget that God is still on his throne. We forget who God is and what God has done to get us where we are.

You want to break the cycle? You want to get over your amnesia? Remember! Remember what God has done. One of the most important sections of the Old Testament comes from Deuteronomy 6:

“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates. When the LORD your God brings you into the land he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to give you—a land with large, flourishing cities you did not build, houses filled with all kinds of good things you did not provide, wells you did not dig, and vineyards and olive groves you did not plant—then when you eat and are satisfied, be careful that you do not forget the LORD, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.”

God says and is always saying, “How quickly you have forgotten what I have done for you, and how quickly you forget that I can do it again.”

Father, forgive us for our cycles of sin.

Father, forgive us for forgetting.

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