MAY 9 READING…JUDGES 10-11 & PSALM 44
When people reject that God needs to be obeyed exclusively and completely, they are moving to the place where they will cast off all restraint. Israel was living in total disobedience to God, and they moved right into the worship of Baal, Ashtoreth, along with the gods of Syria, Sidon, Moab, Ammon, and those of the Philistines. The sad thing is if you were to ask them if they loved and obeyed God, they would have responded in the affirmative. They were so far from God, that they did not even know how far they were from God. Jephthah came on the scene to be the judge of Israel, and before long he made a hasty and careless vow to God. In one of the saddest events of the Old Testament, his vow cost him the life of the daughter. These acts, even by the judge of Israel, clearly speaks of a people who have lost the reality of God in their lives. Our disobedience, left unchecked, will do the same for us. Our disobedience can make it seem like God is not there…yet we claim, in our deluded state, that we are actually following God. The Psalmist speaks of the feeling that God has abandoned His people. God does not abandon His people, ever…it is His promise. But, our actions can certainly make us feel like God is not present. God does not move away from us…but, we are the ones moving away from Him.
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TOMORROW’S READING…JUDGES 12-13 & PSALM 143