I like reading and studying history, especially Biblical history. Failure to understand history, they say, dooms us to repeat the mistakes of the past. I think that’s fairly accurate. Today, there is a crazy attempt to erase history or rewrite it in a way that doesn’t comport with reality. That’s dangerous. History doesn’t have to be ‘all good’ to be useful in our learning. Quite the opposite. The Egyptian leaders failed to know even their recent history- they forgot Joseph, perhaps the most significant figure in their time. As a result, many would suffer, but God would redeem His people through even that mistake. Sometimes, I feel like we need a great deliverer in our day!
Now a new king arose over Egypt, who did not know Joseph. And he said to his people, “Behold, the people of the sons of Israel are too many and too mighty for us. Come, let us deal shrewdly with them, otherwise they will multiply, and in the event of war, they will also join those who hate us, and fight against us and [i]depart from the land.” Exodus 1:8-10 NASB
What learning am I in need of right now? What history lessons could benefit my understanding?
God, as this day begins- I am grateful because in a few minutes I will be high above the Pacific ocean on my way to Maui. Thank you for wonderful places like that to visit. As I try to solve life’s problems, advise others, and model Christlikeness, please grant to me more than just information about history, but insight and wisdom from above. Help me become a student of history- especially Your Story!