Friday, December 13, 2019

Judges 21:25 -- On Perspective and Choices

"In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes."
Judges 21:25

This chapter goes through a lot of questionable (to us) things that the other tribes did to find wives for the tribe of Benjamin, and then ends with this verse... maybe to explain what was going on, maybe as a side comment.  I'm not sure.  What I get from it though is how much we really need God.  Then and now, when we do what is right in our own eyes, we get things wrong... very wrong.  We do things we shouldn't, we make often tragic mistakes, and we do things that we end up regretting and feeling shame about.

God's commandments are there to help us to avoid that harm to our own souls, and we really need that guidance.  It doesn't mean that we are worthless or that we can't make our own decisions.  It just means that we are still learning, and we have the advantage of having a father and coach who can help.  It's a super good idea to take advantage of that. :)

Today, let's not try to go it alone when there is so much at stake.  Let's be willing to listen to and follow God's advice, trusting in him and knowing that he not only has our best interests in mind, but that he has our desires and personalities and preferences in mind as well.  He loves us and knows us well.  It doesn't mean that we'll always get what we want, because that isn't always the right choice, but we don't have to worry about him getting it wrong... we just have to worry about *us* getting it right. :)  Let's get an extra pair of eyes helping us make the tough decisions.

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