Lips with the Heart

today's reading.
Judges 8:22-35    Then the men of Israel said to Gideon, "Rule over us, you and your son and your grandson also, for you have saved us from the hand of Midian"...

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After Gideon saves Israel, the men of Israel approach him and ask Gideon to rule over them. Gideon's answer is impressive. "I will not rule over you. . .the Lord will rule over you" (Judges 8:23). But then, almost in the same breath, he asks each person to give him the earrings from the spoil of the battle. As a result, Gideon rakes in 1700 shekels of gold and proceeds to make an ephod (a garment worn by priests) which he places in his home city. "And all Israel whored after it there, and it became a snare to Gideon and to his family" (vs. 27). So Gideon talked the right talk about God, but his actions didn't match up. 

Now, as much as I want to roll my eyes and point a condemning finger at Gideon here, I can think of a number of times when I've done the same thing. I know the right answer so I speak it, but in my heart, I'm not quite there. Are you with me? So what are some things we can do to make sure our lips and our heart are in agreement? And if we find ourselves in an out of sync situation, how do we take care of it? Tami W.

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