SUNDAY, JANUARY 11
Scripture: Judges 2:21-23
Judges 2:21-23 says, “’I also will no longer drive out before them any of the nations which Joshua left when he died, so that through them I may test Israel, whether they will keep the ways of the Lord, to walk in them as their fathers kept them, or not.’ Therefore the Lord left those nations, without driving them out immediately; nor did He deliver them into the hand of Joshua.” In order to keep the way of the Lord, they had to do righteousness so they could execute judgment. And whether or not they would execute judgment was the real test. That is one part of what comprises the way of the Lord. It is obvious that God was and is very serious about His people doing the way of the Lord. He was so serious that He left nations that had to be judged and removed in order to find out if Israel would keep the way of the Lord. Are there nations, political parties or politicians that need to be judged and removed today? Is God leaving certain leaders to find out if His church will keep the way of the Lord? Identify leaders today that champion rebellion against God’s Word! In seasons like this, it is good to do a washing of the water of the Word exercise. In such an exercise, we simply follow a concept all the way through Scripture and look at every place it appears. By doing this, we get a view of the length, width, breadth and height of the truth and how it applies to our lives as believers. What is the length, width, breadth and height of doing the way of the Lord as an issue before God? According to Judges, it was a pretty serious issue in Israel, because God left five nations that needed judgment to determine whether or not Israel would keep the way of the Lord. Judgment included termination. Can we discern a true Holy Spirit-push and move God’s Hand to terminate by prayer?