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. But then again, I look in the mirror, and don’t see only them. I see me. And you, too!
The 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). If they crave something, grab it. No restraints. No moral boundaries.
Not only do they do what’s evil, but they forget all about Him (v.7). A collective lapse of memory? Hardly. They choose to ignore Him. Out of mind. Throw Him out of town. Forgotten and rejected. That’s what the Bible says.
How many times have we neglected God? Didn’t even give Him a thought. 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?
Times when you walked alone, leaving Him in the lurch. A prideful swagger, propelling you along. He who creates us, gives us life, blessings flowing all over the place, comes to this earth to die for us, making sure we’d be with Him forever in heaven. All this! Are we satisfied to give Him only a passing nod of thanks, if that? Are we? No.
We’re going to live the way He wants us to live. To be His and mean it. Grateful… sitting comfortably at His feet.
Lord, we want to genuinely live for you. Amen.