Study from God’s Word…Judges, Chapters 19 - 21 … Passage for Reflection: Judges 21: 25 … NIV 25 In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as he saw fit.
My Journal for Today: When one reads and meditates on the last few chapters of the Book of Judges, as I was led to do today by my devotional study, that one – me – has to be touched with the moral anarchy which results when man turns away from the one true God. These last few chapters of Judges chronicle a horrible segment in the history of God’s people, who, even when a remnant of believers tried to stem the tide of sinfulness, they were overcome by their own culture of sinful living. It’s tough to read this without setting back and reflecting on what is transpiring in our own world today.
Reading the sad line above from Judges 21: 25 could be a headline in an internet blog today. ”In these days the people served no God; and everyone did as he saw fit!” … could easily describe what I look around and see in our world; … could it not? We live in an era where there is moral anarchy and it produces more and more sinful chaos. Today there are people who mock God’s truth (through His word); and some are doing all they can to even eradicate the use of the Bible or Christian words such as “God” or “Christ” from the public arena.
There is an ongoing political and/or social move afoot in our world to villainize Jesus Christ so that any who follow His ways will be seen by the world as enemies of the people, even to the point that what used to be seen as good is now seen as evil; and what we at one time called “evil” is now seen as “good.” And as I write this, I can’t help but think of how Isaiah saw this, prophesying, (in Isaiah 53: 6), We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on Him [i.e., The Messiah] the iniquity of us all.
And it is that last phrase which gives us hope, … i.e., those of us who believe in and follow Jesus Christ. With all that any Christian reads in the book of Judges about how God’s people continued and repeatedly strayed from God’s way and His will, one has to come away, from knowing the entire Bible, with the very real truth that we know and serve a Lord who truly will never leave, nor forsake those whom He has raised up and separated in the world for His purposes. Somehow, in some way, God stayed with His people, Israel; and He will, as He promises in Deut. 31: 6 and Hebrews 13: 5, never leave us. However, to see Him activate His power for His purposes, we, His remnant, are going to have to do what He has exhorted in 2nd Chron. 7: 14, praying corporately, diligently, and humbly for our Lord to intervene and cleanse our land.
My Prayer for Today: Lord, I do so pray for Your deliverance. Amen