Read 2 Chronicles 8
Focus on verse 8
In this age of political correctness there has been increasing efforts by some folks to make right what they understand to be the wrongs of the past. One of these issues is the way the colonists took over North America from the indigenous people who inhabited it. Perhaps you’ve heard it said that history repeats itself. I believe this is true only because humanity is consistent in the way we forget where we came from. The people of Israel were slaves in Egypt whom the Lord rescued and brought to the land of Canaan where He displaced the indigenous people and gave the land to the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob according to his promise.
In this chapter we find one verse, which mentions what became of the few indigenous people who were not driven out of the land. They were drafted as forced labor by Solomon to build cities and served the Israelites as slaves. While that may seem harsh cruel and unjust, they had it better than the majority of the Canaanites who did not survive the invasion. Right or wrong aside, there are some similarities to the way North America was invaded by the Europeans. This is not to attempt to justify the mistreatment of the indigenous people, nor would I suggest that God was judging them, as was the case in Canaan. The point again is not to attempt to justify nor condemn when one nation invades and subjugates another. The point is simply that the history of humanity seems to be an unending cycle rising and falling of nations and empires. While I believe it is commendable to attempt to make right the wrongs that were committed in the past, it is perhaps more important not to miss the little miracles of grace that are found hidden amidst the harshness of history.
Amidst the ruthless brutality of humanity there are always moments of kindness and stories of heroes who sacrifice their lives to rescue people they don’t even know. And of course the greatest moment of grace in the history of humanity is the moment that God reached out to humanity by taking on human form in the person of Jesus Christ to take upon Himself the punishment we deserved so that our relationship with God could be restored.