by Mark Clements

Monday, July 15

Be Careful Where You Place Your Trust

Judges 10:10-14

“Yet ye have forsaken me, and served other gods: wherefore I will deliver you no more. Go and cry unto the gods which ye have chosen; let them deliver you in the time of your tribulation,” Judges 10:13, 14.

During the time of the judges in Israel’s history, idolatry was a very common occurrence. The people had no king to guide them, and they had neglected regular worship of Jehovah, so eventually, they gave in to the temptation of idolatry. The cost of forsaking God was high, as God used the surrounding nations to execute discipline on them. Once the people of Israel realized their error, that the nations from which they adopted their new gods were actually oppressive and brutal, they returned their gaze to God, begging Him for deliverance. God ultimately delivered them since He loved them, but before He did, He exposed the lunacy of their decision to reject Him and serve powerless idols. In today’s verses, Jehovah scolded His children, telling them to look to their new idols for deliverance. Of course, they had no answer except confession and repentance for their sins.

We might not be tempted to bow down to a graven image today, but we are affected by idolatry in the same destructive, albeit more sophisticated ways. Instead of looking to God for help, encouragement, healing or support, many times we are tempted to look for those things in worldly elements. We often look for immediate relief from pain or heartache by drugs, drink or distractions, while God has promised to be with us and provide a refuge of healing. Often, it is only when worldly elements stop working to relieve us that we seek God’s presence. Instead of forsaking God, may we constantly look to Him for direction and protection.

JUST A THOUGHT: Only God can satisfy.

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