Did you notice the omission in verse 68? There’s something that should be there but isn’t. The passage tells us that some of the family heads gave freewill offerings to the Lord. This matters because God almost always funds His activity through freewill offerings. This is the picture across Scripture. And yet, in this instance, although God had been faithful to accomplish His promise, and although the Israelites had followed Him in faith, it appears that some had already moved on and were forgetting God’s faithfulness. Some gave the freewill offering, but not all. It’s easy to fall into this mind-set, isn’t it? We move along in the business of our lives and we quickly forget about how good God is to us. We are tempted to have confidence in ourselves and forget what God has previously done.
In what ways has God blessed you in the past? Take some time to remember and thank God for His faithfulness in your life.