Old Habits Die Hard

They often need reminding to clean up after themselves

Exodus 32:1-35

Reference: “They have been quick to turn away from what I commanded them and have made themselves an idol cast in the shape of a calf. They have bowed down to it and sacrificed to it and have said, ‘These are your gods, Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.’” ‭‭Exodus‬ ‭32:8‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Explore: Having lived with a number of teenagers, I learned the need for reminders.

It’s interesting that they often needed reminding to clean up after themselves, tidy their room and what time their curfew was.

They rarely, however, needed to be reminded where the snacks were kept, when pocket money was due and how to work the TV!!

I really didn’t like nagging, but when I got the energy to address forgetful issues I was usually met with good intentions. They will do better, be tidier, help out more.

Needless to say, a few weeks later, we’d be back in the same position.

Application: I wish the inclination to return to bad habits was only found in teenagers. But alas, I find the same behaviour in myself.

I guess if we were easily taught then we would not have needed 66 books in the Bible. Adam and Eve would have sinned, God would have corrected them and we all could have learned from their one mistake.

Unfortunately, when sin entered the world it has led to us constantly making poor choices. We see this clearly throughout Exodus. God continually redeems the Israelites, and yet, they continue to turn from Him.

God’s patience and grace with us is truly outstanding. It should not give us an excuse to be lazy but inspire us to try better and to be as patient as He is.

Prayer: Lord, forgive us when we return to bad habits. May we be diligent and committed to living as You would desire. Amen.

Which habit do you find hard to break?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.