February 3 – Judges 2:6-15
February 3 – Judges 2:6-15
Joshua dismissed the people, the people of Israel went each to his inheritance
to take possession of the land. 7 And the people
served the Lord all the
days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders who outlived Joshua, who had
seen all the great work that the Lord had
done for Israel. 8 And Joshua the son of Nun, the
servant of the Lord, died at
the age of 110 years. 9 And they buried him within
the boundaries of his inheritance in Timnath-heres, in the hill
country of Ephraim, north of the mountain of Gaash. 10 And
all that generation also were gathered to their fathers. And there arose
another generation after them who did not know the Lord or the work that he had done for Israel.
11 And the
people of Israel did what was evil in the sight of the Lord and served the Baals. 12 And
they abandoned the Lord, the
God of their fathers, who had brought them out of the land of Egypt. They
went after other gods, from among the gods of the peoples who were around them,
and bowed down to them. And they provoked the Lord to anger. 13 They
abandoned the Lord and
served the Baals and the Ashtaroth. 14 So the anger
of the Lord was kindled
against Israel, and he gave them over to plunderers, who plundered
them. And he sold them into the hand of their surrounding enemies, so
that they could no longer withstand their enemies. 15 Whenever
they marched out, the hand of the Lord was
against them for harm, as the Lord had
warned, and as the Lord had
sworn to them. And they were in terrible distress.
Verse 10 tells us, And all
that generation also were gathered to their fathers. And there arose another
generation after them who did not know the Lord or
the work that he had done for Israel. Oh, my! I think of my grandmother and my
parents and the work that they did to raise us in the church. I watch people
that have fallen away from their walk with God and think of the challenges
their children will face because they have no knowledge of the word of God. God
wants to protect us and His word is written so that we may live a life that
If you know of a family
that lives without God in their lives, ask God to give you opportunities to
speak truth into their lives. Pray daily that our God will show you a way to
make an eternal difference in the life of the family.
Heavenly Father, as I read
these verses I also think about how things have changed in our generation and
how the world has fallen away from loving You.
They don’t even seem to believe in You anymore. How we must grieve You and anger You daily
with the things we do, and sometimes just the things we accept as “normal” and “okay”. Intolerance has become a word in this world
that means we hate people. But I see
being tolerant has more hate than intolerance.
When we tolerate bad behavior, we are saying to people that its okay for
them to anger You. We don’t teach them
how to love You and respect You as our Creator and Lord. We discipline those we love. The word discipline even has a negative
feeling now when it really is about teaching and discipling. We discipline our children because we love
them and want to teach the how to treat others and how to honor You. So when we tolerate bad behavior, we don’t
love enough to teach. Help me love
people and hate sin enough to help them see truth…Your truth…THE truth!!!
In Jesus’ name.