The copy of a daily devotional is a reminder of “our rights” philosophy permeating our society. We are told, “just do your own thing.” I’m reminded of the last verse in the book of Judges (21:25) “there was no king in the land and every man did that which was right in his own eyes.” They did their own thing.
No king in the land signifies there was no leader, lawgiver or law enforcer which is the main function for a king or any leader. Many in our country have come to the point of ignoring laws they don’t like and making excuses for not obeying laws as if there were no laws. Lawyers and judges are complicit in ignoring laws. We say, “After all, I have my rights.” After the book of Judges, the rest of the Old Testament books relate the centuries of Israel’s gradual but complete downfall as a result of living for themselves without God – “doing their own thing.”
The verses written centuries later in Mat 18:6 and I Cor 10:23-24 tell us to be concerned for others. In our 2010 “press send” society we want instant results and find it hard to wait for His timing. God waited centuries before He considered the time was right to send His last representative – His Son – to show us the Way back to fellowship with Him,
“Be not deceived, God is not mocked and we will reap what we sow.” (Gal 6:7). Following God is a very individual choice and individuals compose nations. So we have a personal responsibility as well as a national one. I think of the book title “The Greatest Generation” about the WWII Veterans, and I pray for another great generation to lead this nation back to God. This would truly be the Greatest Generation. – BisaGG
Words from Mom