February 9 – Judges 4:1-3
4 And the
people of Israel again did what was evil in the sight of the Lord after Ehud died. 2 And
the Lord sold them into the hand of Jabin king of Canaan, who
reigned in Hazor. The commander of his army was Sisera, who lived
in Harosheth-hagoyim. 3 Then
the people of Israel cried out to the Lord for
help, for he had 900 chariots of iron and he oppressed the people of
Israel cruelly for twenty years.
But God! Strong and
mighty He is. Again God’s people have become oppressed by being sold into the
hand of Jabin. This went on for twenty years. God is surely growing weary of
this repeated behavior but notice, He never turns His back. As with us, God forgives
and restores. Thank Him today for the restoration He has given you and share
freely with all you encounter what a mighty God we serve.
Heavenly Father, how often
we disappoint You and cause You grief. I’m
sure You are ready for us to learn to just follow You and stop all this
nonsense of following the world and those who follow the enemy. I wish I could say I had learned, but it
seems when I think I have overcome one area of sin, another crops us that
grieves You just as much. Sometimes it
isn’t what I do, but what I don’t do, or what I think, or how I respond to
others. Jesus died for all sins and all
sin grieves You and causes separation in my fellowship with You, so all sin is
deadly sin. Forgive me when I fail
You. Forgive my thoughts, actions and my
inaction. Forgive me Father, for those
times I look just like the world.
In Jesus’ name.