Finding God in the mysteries of every day
Week 40 Day 3
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Judges 8: 33 After Gideon died, the Israelites again prostituted themselves to the Baals. They made Baal Berith their god. 34 The Israelites did not remain true] to the Lord their God, who had delivered them from all the enemies who lived around them.
To many, the book of Judges is a somber look at the sad history of Israel, a people who had every spiritual advantage possible even through horrendous trials and terrors. Yet even today, these beleaguered people seem to fail to grasp the gift which they have been given of God’s favor. But, wait a minute. Are we Christians any better off? Certainly not if the state of the church is what I think it is.
Charles Finney, 19th century evangelist/revivalist was at great pains to lecture his students on the need for recurring, that’s right I said recurring seasons of revival. Why? Satan always attacks at the foot of the mountain. When folks are on a spiritual high they are almost invulnerable to the temptations of that slimy character. But, at the bottom of the mountain, in the valley he does his worst to drag us back into “the slough of despond” (gratuitous reference to Pilgrim’s Progress-John Bunyan) from which many never escape.
The Israelites bowed to the pressure of their neighbors to adopt a more “put and take” sort of religion with a visual presence that, as in the case of the Asherah poles, pandered to their baser desires and eroded their trust in the one true God. Are we any different? Settling for “feel good” preaching, making money the basis of all we do, nodding and winking at the blatant sins of the world around us? WE NEED A MOVING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. We need to repent of our sinful practices and seek out the one true God.