Wednesday, May 8
Today's reading: Judges 3:1-7
Because of Israel's disobedience, God leaves a number of nations in place to test the Israelites. Unfortunately, rather than standing strong on what they know is right and will please God, the people accept and join right in with the pagan practices of the nations around them. Judges 3:6 tells us:
"And their daughters they took to themselves for wives, and their own daughters they gave to their sons, and they served their gods."
And then verse 7 says, "They forgot the LORD their God and served the Baals and the Asheroth."
Ouch. . . what a good and clear reminder of the influence ungodly thinking and living can have on us and the importance of choosing wisely when it comes to the company we keep. As we live for God, we can't afford to underestimate the pull and the power of the world around us. Standing strong for God will require us to be extra careful and mindful of God's Word and ways in all situations.
What's one thing that helps you stand firmly as ungodly influences constantly press in around you? How do you guard against that subtle and gradual influx of worldly thinking? Tami
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