Doubt and Change

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The Lectionary
readings today speak of doubt and change. The Israelites in the Old Testament
reading (Exodus 17: 1 – 7) bemoan change that Moses brought leading them from
slavery in Egypt.  They want security even if it comes with
slavery. They are thirsty, but their faith is weak that God will provide all
the need. Moses’ faith is rewarded by providing water for his people. Even
though God refuses to reveal his face to Moses, his faith is strong and he lives
his faith and changing Israel
through the wilderness.

Matthew’s Gospel (21:
23 – 32) also talks of doubt and change. The chief priests and the elders of
the temple doubt Jesus’ authority and are unsure of how to answer his question.
He talks of the change that God provides in those who they know: “32 For John
came to you in the way of righteousness and you did not believe him, but the
tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him; and even after you saw it, you
did not change your minds and believe him.”

I too live with
doubt and change. My syndical nature doubts that God exists and is indeed
working in my life. However, how can I doubt the huge change that sobriety has
made in my life? I certainly cannot take credit for that. I am grateful that
God show me grace by touching my miserable life.

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