February 29 – Judges 8:29-35

February 29 – Judges 8:29-35

29 Jerubbaal the son of Joash went and lived in his own house. 30 Now Gideon had seventy sons, his own offspring, for he had many wives. 31 And his concubine who was in Shechem also bore him a son, and he called his name Abimelech. 32 And Gideon the son of Joash died in a good old age and was buried in the tomb of Joash his father, at Ophrah of the Abiezrites.

33 As soon as Gideon died, the people of Israel turned again and whored after the Baals and made Baal-berith their god. 34 And the people of Israel did not remember the Lord their God, who had delivered them from the hand of all their enemies on every side, 35 and they did not show steadfast love to the family of Jerubbaal (that is, Gideon) in return for all the good that he had done to Israel.

It’s a routine with people that they forget those who had done so much to protect them.  The chosen people of God again put themselves before their God.  How often do we do that?

What promises have you made to God that you soon forgot?  Have you ever promised God if He would help you with something or protect you that you would go back to church, or read the Bible more, or whatever else you might have promised?  All God wants is a relationship with us.  He doesn’t want our promises or certain actions or activities…He wants You and me.  We can go to church every single time the door is open and read the Bible every single day, but if our heart doesn’t belong to God, what does it matter? 

Heavenly Father, how many people sit in church and read Your word, but don’t know You?  They are checking boxes they were told as children trying to do the right thing, but their heart isn’t in it.  We must surrender to You and call You Lord and Savior.  Without knowing You, loving You, and accepting You, my time sitting in church is merely taking information in, but it can’t change my heart.  You and You alone can change my heart by helping me see the true meaning of the words I read. 

Help me always be sincere in my promises to You.  Help me keep my focus on what You want it to be, and not what I think it should be or what the world tells me to focus on.  Be my guide and protector.  Be my direction and my protection.

In Jesus’ name.



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