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Oct11ThuOctober 11, 2012In Deuteronomy 32 Moses recites the words of a song. He starts off by declaring the name of the Lord and praising the greatness of our God. He says, “He is the Rock, His works are perfect, and all His ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is He.” He then talks about how His children have acted corruptly towards God. He says, “You deserted the Rock, who fathered you; you forgot the God who gave you birth.” “The Lord saw this and rejected them because he was angered by his sons and daughters. 20 “I will hide my face from them,” he said, “and see what their end will be; for they are a perverse generation, children who are unfaithful.” As I read this passage this morning I could not help but think about the magnitude of God hiding his face from us. Later in Deut. 32 Moses says, “He will say: “Now where are their gods, the rock they took refuge in, let them rise up to help you! Let them give you shelter!” We so often take refuge in our gods, the gods our hands have made. Anything that takes the place of God is a god. When we do not seek God, we then make ourselves gods. The very act of not trusting or believing God makes us or whatever or whoever we depend on a god. We think we can make it on our own until the inevitable takes place and we realize we cannot. Most people turn to God and cry out for mercy at that point. Galatians 1:6 says, “I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— 7 which is really no gospel at all.” As we continue to seek God for revival let’s turn back and stop following our ways and our gods and return to the word of God. Moses concludes by saying, “Take to heart all the words I have solemnly declared to you this day, so that you may command your children to obey carefully all the words of this law. 47 They are not just idle words for you—they are your life. By them you will live long in the land you are crossing the Jordan to possess.” Don’t wait for a catastrophe to return to the Lord. Return at once because it has been proven over and over that they (our gods) will not be able to save you. Zechariah 1:3 “Therefore tell the people: This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘Return to me,’ declares the Lord Almighty, ‘and I will return to you,’ says the Lord Almighty. 4 Do not be like your ancestors, to whom the earlier prophets proclaimed: This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘Turn from your evil ways and your evil practices.’ But they would not listen or pay attention to me, declares the Lord.” Let us not be like those who would not or will not listen.