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Much of our life is directed by the low standards of this world rather than God’s higher standard. Success is defined by lofty incomes, nice cars, or an expensive house instead of vast spiritual assets like faith, hope, and love! This day with God, let us seek the spiritual assets found in Judges 10 as we listen and follow.
The people followed the ways of God under the leadership of Tola for 23 years and Jair for 22 years. Then, they fell into their old bad habits of following other gods. It’s easy to fall into this trap because following idols requires little effort. Unfortunately in life, negative habits are the default settings to mediocrity but the good habits that lead to knowing God like the desire to listen and a decision to follow requires effort.
The problem in following idols is that God is pushed aside and guidance is no longer available. Situations are also not arranged for sure victory. With the Israelites, God was angry and sold them into the hands of their enemies who oppressed them.
The people of Israel were in great distress so they cried out to the Lord for help but God was no longer with them. He had saved them before but they had forgotten His ways so He no longer saved them (v. 13). The people ultimately got to a point of despair and they had a complete change of heart. They confessed their sin and agreed to get rid of their foreign gods to serve the ONE true God.
We have good news today because of Christ! We are in right standing and will be able to step ahead in powerful ways. We are listening and ready to follow the plan that will lead us to places we never could imagine. Help us to stay the course even with road blocks. We now receive Your grace, maintain hope in Your promise, and believe we are gaining spiritual treasures step by step. Amen.
Now this some stunning insight. “Unfortunately in life, negative habits are the default settings to mediocrity but the good habits that lead to knowing God like the desire to listen and a decision to follow requires effort.”
Thanks for those words of wisdom.
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