Day 8 - 40 Days in the Old Testament

Dr Jim Brown's TruNorth Devotional
40 Days in the Old Testament

Judges 21:25
“In those days Israel had no king; all the people did whatever seemed right in their own eyes.”

The book of Judges gives a long warning to God’s people then and now, against ignoring His instructions and behaving no differently than the ungodly.

After Joshua led God’s people into the Promised Land, they began to rapidly decline, morally and spiritually.  Yet even then, with the people unfaithful and disobedient, God was faithful to His promise and was filled with compassion and mercy. Thus, the Lord God raised up new leaders – judges – to deliver His people from oppression.

The book of Judges – being one of the History Books – contrasts God’s faithfulness to the Israelites’ unfaithfulness.

As today’s verse states, they did “whatever seemed right in their own eyes.”

Consider today.  Isn’t that what we’re seeing pretty much everywhere?  Every day in America, we see people in government, in education, in entertainment and on the news saying and writing things; claiming as “fact” that which – just a short time ago – would have been “laughed off the stage” for being so ludicrous.  So many people now – as in the day of Judges – are doing and saying whatever seems “RIGHT IN THEIR OWN EYES.”

“What is truth?” Jesus was asked by Pilate.  Today, many believe that there are many truths… “Your truth is as valid as my truth.  If you feel strongly about it, that’s all that matters.”

Western Civilization – of which WE are a part – was founded on absolute TRUTH.  Two plus two equals four, not six or ten… even if I FEEL strongly that ten is the right answer!

Jesus said to His Father, “Your WORD is truth.”

Jesus also said, “And you shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.”

Want to be truly free? SEEK TRUTH, not opinions.  And remember, God’s Word is TRUTH.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, forgive us as a nation for so many doing whatever seems right in their own eyes.  You alone are the Source of truth. As for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.  Amen.