"Again the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the LORD, now that Ehud was dead." Judges 4:1
Again. What do you feel when you hear that word? For me, the word usually the word comes with a sigh. "Again, really? Haven't I already...?"
But really, I think again is a word to be embraced, delighted in even. It is an opportunity for God's grace to show greater than our inadequacies, greater than our failures.Our broken clay pot vessels of a life are showcases of His glory, not our own. Again, like these Israelites, we fail. I love that phrase, "Christians arn't perfect, just forgiven." And ya know, "A righteous man falls seven times, but rises again." Prov. 24:16 We will mess up again, and again, but will it take 20 years (like the Israelites) till we are able to turn back to Jesus, till we turn and rest in His grace? The moment we mess up we can look to Him in surrender again because He has already forgiven the surrendered. Only shame and pride keep us from Him. He knows we are but dust. And we can do nothing apart from Him. Though we mess up, we must take His hand again and let Him lift us, and experience His grace, the what we don't deserve, again.
In the eyes of the Lord. Powerful. They did evil in the eyes of the Lord and that is what mattered. It didn't matter what they thought was evil or what they thought they could get away with. And it didn't matter what others thought was ok. In the big picture, the Lord calls the shots.
In what ways do you tend to look through another lens of what is right and wrong instead of through the lens of what God says is right and wrong? Is there something right now in life that you are justifying to try to make it seem right or ok? (If so, why ask Him to help you agree with God about it and do what is right.)
I hope the Glimpse of Glory in Judges Series; A Bible study devotional through the book of Judges, has been a blessing to you so far. And I hope you will come by each weekday to get a glimpse of God's heart and character from the book of Judges.
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