Can’t believe what I’m reading. How could they do this? God’s own people. A nation He saves from slavery and brings into the promised land. I’m furious. Indignant. Beside myself. But then again, you know what I’m going to say. I look in the mirror, and I don’t see only them. I see me. And you, too!
The Old Testament book of Judges exposes one of the worst times in the history of God’s people. Shouldn’t be, but it is. You’ve read the stories. One bad leader after another. The next one worse than the one before. That last verse says it all–‘In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes’ (Judges 21:25). Their own eyes. If they crave something, grab it. No restraints. No moral boundaries.
Not only do they do what’s evil in God’s sight, they forget all about Him (v.7). Do they have a collective lapse of memory? Hardly. They choose to ignore Him. Willfully put Him out of sight, out of mind. Throw Him out of town. Forgotten and rejected. That’s what the Bible says. All done without even one good excuse.
How many times have we neglected God? Didn’t even give Him a thought concerning a big or little decision. Shot off my mouth never considering what Jesus would have said. Sinning willfully, creating mess after mess, crawling back on all fours, presuming His forgiveness. Get the picture?
You can paint your own. Times when you walked alone, leaving Him in the lurch. A prideful swagger, propelling you along. Not very nice, is it? He who creates us, gives us life itself, blessings flowing all over the place, comes to this earth to die for us, to redeem us, making sure we’d be with Him forever in heaven. All this…and more! Are we satisfied to give Him only a passing nod of thanks, if that? Are we? No. Not at all.
We’re going to live the way He wants us to live. To be His and mean it. Thoughtful. Prayerful. Grateful… sitting comfortably at His feet.
Prayer: Lord, we want to genuinely live for you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.