Don’t Just Do Your Own Thing

Scripture: Judges 17.  

(Key verses)

Judges 17:6 (NLT)

6 In those days Israel had no king; all the people did whatever seemed right in their own eyes.

(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my life today?)

Today, as in Micah’s day, everyone seems to put his or her own interests first. Time has not changed human nature. Most people still reject God’s right way of living. The people in Micah’s time replaced the true worship of God with a homemade version of worship. As a result, justice was soon replaced by revenge and chaos. Ignoring God’s direction led to confusion and destruction. Anyone who has not submitted to God will end up doing whatever seems right at the time. This tendency is present in all of us. To know what is really right and to have the strength to do it, we need to draw closer to God and his Word. Friends, let us look diligently in our lives and in our homes for those things that might be replacing true worship to our Lord. There is so much being offered via TV and the internet that we might hear folk say that they could just as easily worship God around the TV or through evangelists on the internet, or out on the lake while fishing, or perhaps in the woods while hunting, and for some this may be true. We can be no one’s judge, because that is God’s role, but I would recommend that we commit like Nehemiah to the fact that, as for me and my house – we will serve the Lord. I believe that as we commit to such a statement, we will see the need to encourage others, be a light to those who have strayed away, obey God by assembling ourselves together with other believers, and friend, there is no way to accomplish this in our ‘alone time together with God’. Like in the case of Israel, we tend to do our own thing when the Word of God has not penetrated our lives and become the pillar of our decision making and commitments. How is it with you today, friend?

(What I will ask of God, in order for me to properly apply His Word to my life)

Lord God, I seek Your forgiveness for the times that I have not sought You faithfully and followed Your way closely. I am reminded from this passage this morning that, like the Israelites who had fallen prey to this type living, the end result is not good at all. Thank You Father for dying on Calvary’s cross just for me. Thank You for providing Your Book of Instruction, Your Holy Word, so that I might learn the way of true life in You, thank You for Your power in directing me to a path directed by You! Thank You for the promise of eternal life with You in Heaven. Now, may I talk the walk and walk the talk so that others may also come to a saving grace in You and live their lives pleasing to You in every way. Thank You for loving me in spite of my weaknesses and sin. May Your strength in me serve to overcome the power of sin that face me each and every day.


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Author: Ed Algreen

One of God's kids expressing his understanding of God's Word and sharing how it is affecting his life! May those who read it be blessed, encouraged, and drawn closer to the Lord!

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