A devotional thought from Christian George for “The Exile”
If you walk through the French Quarter in New Orleans, Louisiana, you will find a hole-in-the-wall jazz club called “The Preservation Hall.” It’s not much to look at from the outside (or the inside). The line is long, the air conditioning is less than satisfactory, and if you want to get a good seat to hear the band, you must sit on the floor. Yet every year thousands of people crowd into the Preservation Hall to hear a genre of music long since past. Night after night the songs of Benny Goodman and Glen Miller, along with lesser-known artists, are played and preserved for new generations.
God is in the preservation business. It’s not music that God preserves, it’s people. The stories of Daniel and Ezekiel remind us of God’s faithfulness in preserving a remnant of chosen people. A search of the word remnant in a concordance will reveal that God was preoccupied with preservation throughout the Old Testament.
In fact, throughout Christian history, God has always preserved a remnant of believers—a community of Christians whose roots were deeply embedded in orthodox Christian teachings. Maybe you’ve never been taken into exile like the Israelites, but how has God preserved you in the midst of your circumstances?
Pause and Reflect
• Read Ephesians 2:10. How are you using your energy and resources to join God on His mission of preservation?