I’ve been reading lately from the book of Judges. It’s not the most exciting reading in the Bible, I have to admit.
We see the children of Israel FINALLY cross into the Promised Land. Moses gives them the last bit of instructions before they enter (because God told him he would die before they crossed over).
This view above is where Moses looked out over the land they were about to enter before he died! Soooo beautiful!
Joshua takes over leading them into the land of milk and honey.
All of the tribes of Israel are assigned their land. They continually go in and possess wherever God leads with favor straight from Heaven – AS LONG AS THEY REMEMBER HIM! This is key.
God warns them straight up – if you don’t follow the rules and instructions, you will not have His favor.
Still, they don’t remember.
Generations go by and they all forget about God.
They worship false gods. They ignore what was most important in the instructions that were given.
And God gives them over to their enemies.
OVER AND OVER AND OVER.
It’s almost like a broken record, …the Israelites again did evil in the Lord’s sight. So the Lord turned them over to King Jabin (Judges 4:1-2a)….blah blah blah.
Then the people of Israel cried out to the Lord for help….(Judges 4:3b)
Did these people not learn in the wilderness?? Nope.
They would forsake God and His instructions for a season, then remember how desperately they needed Him.
Sound a little like us? I believe so.
We have the instructions (the Bible), and we know we need Him.
We forget. We turn to our own modern-day idols and worship them instead of our Creator.
Social Media. Television. Busyness. Anything really. Careers. Food. Relationships.
We let these things take the place of God.
We forsake Him. We do evil in the sight of the Lord.
And then eventually we cry out for help.
It happens to all of us. Our human flesh takes over and the enemy does everything he can to distract us from the Father.
Here is where we see how God still cares –
But when the people of Israel cried out to the Lord for help, the Lord raised up a rescuer to save them. Judges 3:9a
Tonight on this #thirstythursday, I want to come back to Him. Save me, God. Save me from myself and my tendency to turn to everything but You.
It’s all about You, Jesus.
Take me back, Lord. Hear my cry. Help me remember You. Help me seek You above everything else. Let me follow Your ways.
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