Sunday, March 29, 2015

March 29 - Judges 2

Today's reading in our daily plan is Judges 2. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)

  • Due to the Israelites disobedience, God stopped helping them drive the Canaanites out of the region.  
  • Joshua's generation served the Lord, but the next generation did not know God nor what He had done for the nation of Israel.  As a result, this generation worshiped other gods and did evil in the eyes of the Lord. 
  • God used the oppression by the Canaanites in hopes that His people would repent and return to Him.  

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)

  • Joshua's generation failed to effectively teach the next generation to love and follow God.  As a result the next generation did not know God.  
  • When we fail to pursue God we fill our lives with "other gods" (verse 17).  
  • Despite the Israelites' disobedience, God showed mercy by raising up judges to warn His people and save them from their oppressors.  God, in His love, is always seeking to save us from those things that seek to destroy us.  

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

  • Read Deuteronomy 6:4-9.  This passage speaks of the importance of sharing your faith with your children. What are some practical and daily ways you can help your children love God and follow Him?  
  • Someone has said, "God has no grandchildren."  A parent's faith cannot substitute for a child's need to encounter God directly.  Every generation must find God for itself.  Are you a child of God?  Have you made a personal decision to have a relationship with Jesus?  What steps can you take to pursue God and to grow your personal relationship with Jesus?