Scripture: Judges 1-2. Click here to view full scripture.
Observation: What was going on in the Bible at this time?
Soon after Joshua had died, the Israelite people began to lose their firm grip on the promised land, Canaan. The land of Canaan’s greatest threat to the Israelites was their religion. When Joshua had led the Israelite army, they all began strong. Soon the Israelites grew sidetracked by fear, lack of discipline, and their own interests. God instructed the Israelites to execute judgment on the wicked people of Canaan, and Israel was to follow His exact orders. Soon tribe after tribe failed to complete God’s orders of driving out the Canaanites from the promised land, and the Israelites began to follow the sinful ways of the Canaanites. The Angel of the Lord appeared in Bokim and confronted the people, for they had disobeyed God. Even though the Israelites had disobeyed the Lord, God showed them His mercy by raising up judges to save His people from their oppressors. However, when a judge would die, Israel would forget about God, once again.
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
The Israelites gave in to the pressures of the Canaanites and compromised their faith. If we attempt to meet life’s challenges without God’s help, we will also find the pressures and temptations around us to be too great to resist. We must learn to completely rely on God in everything that we do. The Israelites grew sidetracked by fear and their own interests in life instead of following God’s exact instructions for them. In order for our faith in God to survive, we must practice it each day, steering away from getting sidetracked from our real purpose of loving God and living for Him. All of us are sinners, and we are all eligible for God’s great forgiveness in our lives. As sinners, we often choose to tolerate sin rather than drive it out of our lives. We may know what to do but decide not to follow through. When we decide not to fully obey God and His instructions for us, our relationship with Him deteriorates. We must always obey Him fully. God forgives. When we are aware that we have done something wrong, we must admit it to God and ask for forgiveness rather than hoping we can get away with it. Reach out to God and ask for His help; He will guide us.
Prayer: What can we pray for in regards to these passages?
Heavenly Father, Thank You for the examples and stories that You have placed in Your Word for us to learn from. Please help us to always attempt to meet life’s challenges with Your help and not on our own. Help us to learn to completely rely upon You, Father. Help us to always obey You, driving out the sins in our lives rather than tolerating them. Please forgive us for the many sins that we commit on a daily basis. Thank You for being such a loving and forgiving God. Please protect us all and keep us safe. We love You and thank You for everything. – in Jesus’ name we pray, amen.