1 Chronicles 5: Keep the Light Switch on
1 Chronicles 5 provides another family profile of the lineage of Reuben. His family was not quite as honorable all the way through, but we can learn something interesting about them.
They were mighty warriors. They went to battle and were generally successful. They had God on their side, and apparently everybody knew it.
1Ch 5:22 For there fell down many slain, because the war was of God. And they dwelt in their steads until the captivity.
Trusting God in the middle of war takes a lot of faith and courage. War is not a pleasant experience, and I think that it must have been a challenge for them to really believe that God would deliver them. Nevertheless, He did follow through on His promise, and the main point I want to make sure I emphasize is the fact that God was in the battle, and people were willing to acknowledge that He was there. They had some measure of faith.
Unfortunately, that faith does not always translate into action.
1Ch 5:25 And they transgressed against the God of their fathers, and went a whoring after the gods of the people of the land, whom God destroyed before them.
Even though it appears that they had some concept of the idea that God was right there with them, this tribe was rebellious. They continued trying to follow other gods.
I think that we can sometimes fall into this type of trap. For example, we know that God is there, and we don’t necessarily want to or intend to ignore Him. However, we occasionally do just that. We forget everything that happened, and even though we have faith, it is like someone hit a light switch only to make us forget all about it. I hope this doesn’t happen very often, and I hope that we are able to recognize when it begins to happen so that we can stop it and return back to God.