Powered by 4 - March 7, 2014


No Back Burners

today's reading.
Judges 6:1-10   The people of Israel did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, and the Lord gave them into the hand of Midian seven years...

the blog.
After Barak, Deborah and Jael defeat the Canaanite army, there are forty years of rest for Israel. But then, we see these familiar words as we move into Judges 6. "The people of Israel did what was evil in the sight of the Lord." That indicates to me that after the Israelites were free from the oppression of king Jabin they, once again, began putting God on the back burner. As a result, God "gives them into the hand of Midian" (vs. 1), and what's described is pretty awful. When the people cry out to God for help, God sends a prophet to remind the Israelites that He is their God and they shouldn't fear the gods of the Amorites, concluding with these stark words, "But you have not obeyed my voice" (vs. 10). 

God should be front and center for us at all times--good, bad and in between--yet that doesn't always happen. Why is that? Why are we prone to take our eyes off God when things seem good? What are you doing to keep your focus on God? Tami

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