Everyone who saw it was saying to one another, “Such a thing has never been seen or done, not since the day the Israelites came up out of Egypt. Just imagine! We must do something! So speak up!” Judges 19:30
Every day there are actions being done everywhere a person goes. Some of these actions are good and others are bad. Most often people go through their day mostly ignoring the actions of others. They allow others to do what they want, though they may talk about it behind closed doors. Actions are allowed with no responsibility or repercussions.
A Levite had stopped in a city with his concubine and the men of the city raped and killed her. He made notice of it throughout Israel. The people called out to each other to speak up because the horror of what occurred.
In every city and nation, the majority of people are often ones who do not serve God or serve God only in title. Nearly every possible way to sin is encouraged and performed on a regular basis. The majority of people either participate in the sinful acts or they ignore the acts.
Many believers are often included in the ones who participate in the sin or ignore it. True believers will take offense to sin being encouraged. They will understand that such sin should not be done and will raise a cry up against it, rather than just ignore it.
Ignoring sin is to promote it. The world will never know it is bad, unless someone tells them. The world will never know Jesus, unless someone tells them.
Following the ways of God and obeying His commands should be the heart’s desire of the believer. Standing up against sinful acts and pointing people to God and His ways is to be the goal of the believer.
Take a look around you and see what is being promoted and encouraged. Most likely it is sinful things that are against God and His ways.
Do not allow yourself to participate in any of those sinful ways. Flee from the sin and run to God. Put your focus upon His holiness and way of living.
Be willing to take a stand and speak up against sin and point people to God and His ways of living. Show the world what true living is like, rather than ignoring it and allowing them to die in their sins.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will live the holy life God has called you to live; that God will give you the boldness to stand up against sinful practices; that you will be a witness of God’s holiness and love; and that God will show you what you can do to point the world to Him.
In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as they saw fit. Judges 17:6
People often desire complete, unrestricted freedom to do whatever they desire with no negative consequences. In order to gain this type of freedom, they will need to have a leadership that will not guide them or hold them accountable for their actions, or have no leadership at all.
It is rare for a group of people to have no leadership, but it is common for the leadership to allow freedom for chaos. People need to be led to keep chaos from occurring.
The former king had died and now Israel had no king. As a result, everyone did as they saw fit.
Without leadership, people will do whatever they desire, which will often lead to confusion and chaos. Selfishness and greed will rise up in the hearts of people leading them into sin and sinful activities. Instead of looking out for the good of others, all that is sought is building up self, even at the expense of others.
Believers are to be led by God. He is to be their king, their ultimate ruler or king and commander of everything that they say, do or think. Since God is eternal and has created everything, He knows what is best for each and every person. He knows how to perfectly lead in a way that if full of order and true life.
The world rejects God’s leadership, because they do not want to be held accountable and desire to please self at any expense. Upon rejection of God, all leadership is doomed to fall apart and lead to chaos. All chaos leads to is death–eternal death, which is the desire and goal of Satan.
Every person needs Jesus, a King who will lead them in the ways of God.
You must be willing to ask yourself who is king in your life. Do not allow yourself to be the king of your own life. It will only lead to death.
Put God on the throne of your life and allow Him to lead you into His ways that lead into eternal life. Rejecting God will only bring about no true leadership which will lead to death.
Are you doing only as you see fit? Or are you doing things the way God is ready and willing to lead you in? Who is your king?
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will allow God to rule over your life; that God will give you strength to reject the ways of this world; and that you will only do what God leads you to do.