Scripture: Judges 13.
Judges 13:1 (NLT)
1 Again the Israelites did evil in the LORD’s sight, so the LORD handed them over to the Philistines, who oppressed them for forty years.
(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my life today?)
I believe that we all can conclude that we are no different to the Israelites, and I’m sure that we can conclude that God is the same today as He was back in the days referred to in the book of Judges. With that being cleared up, I’m sure that we can also conclude from this one verse that God will not put up with the repeated sin of His people today. Friends, unfortunately that includes you and I. You see, when it comes to blessings, we often remind ourselves that God will bless us today, just as He did throughout the ages, and I believe that to be true. However, I also believe that God will not put up with us flaunting our sin in His face. He oppressed the Israelites for 40 years in this one instance, much like He also oppressed their forefathers that traveled 40 years through the wilderness, who received His daily blessings, and yet continued in their pagan worship and sin. How long, and how many times will God have to oppress us, or punish us for our sin before He gets our attention to straighten up our act? He is a holy and righteous God, He will not allow sin in His presence. Have we tried doing exactly that with expectations of a blessing anyway? Read the book again friend, and you will quickly be reminded that God doesn’t work that way.
(What I will ask of God, in order for me to properly apply His Word to my life)
Lord Jesus, thank You for loving us in spite of our sinful nature. Thank You for standing firm to Your genuine holiness and sinless life exampled before us so that we may know the way and live our lives accordingly. Please forgive me for my failures in meeting these ideals. I pray that You will continue to work in my life as You have done in this passage this morning, so that I may stand accountable before You today and every day. Please give me the wisdom, strength and power to overcome the evil of this world and its many temptations. Please help me to be more like You each and every day that I am blessed to be here on this earth. Please touch the hearts of all readers of this devotional that their eyes may be opened and that there will be fresh commitments to You towards more holiness in their walk and everyday lives here on this earth.
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