Life rarely takes us in a straight line. There are peaks and there are valleys. And chances are, the time spent in the valleys are times when God feels distant—maybe even mad at us and inconsistent. The Hebrew people, the people God chose to be in relationship with, found themselves in enough valleys that no one would have faulted God if He had left them. But God’s story tells us of one thing over and over. His faithfulness. And if God didn’t abandon Israel, we are in a good place. God won’t call it quits on us, and the sooner we believe that, the better off we will be.
This week, we'll be reading the incredibly frustrating story of Israel in the Old Testament. Time and time again, they doubt and question God. He always responds and provides, saving Israel from itself. They are thankful and repentant - for a few minutes. We get so fed up with how selfish and short-sighted Israel was - until we realize that we do the same thing. Time and time again, we turn our back on God and forget the amazing things He has done for us. But God is always faithful. He didn't abandon Israel, and He won't abandon us!