All They Ever Did Was Evil
Posted: Friday, May 1
Verse of the day:
Again the Israelites did evil in the Lord’s sight, so the Lord handed them over to the Philistines, who oppressed them for forty years. (Judges 13:1)
What a sad narrative of the people of Israel- “Again the Israelites did evil in the Lord’s sight.” Even though God had been faithful to them generation after generation, the people still had wandering hearts that lead them to worship other gods and to do what was evil in God’s sight. How could they so easily lose sight of God’s goodness and faithfulness?
Before we get too down on the Israelites we should probably examine our own lives. How often do we take God’s mercy and forgiveness for granted? We believe in His goodness and faithfulness but we neglect the truth of His holiness and that He is a righteous judge that cannot tolerate sin. And because we neglect that we find ourselves often being tempted away from the safety that is found in being in right relationship with our God. When we wander away God has no choice but to let us be handed over to the natural consequences that comes with our sin. In the case of the Israelites they could not fathom that the result of their evil was that they would be oppressed for forty years.
Proverbs 14:27 says, “Fear of the Lord is a life-giving fountain; it offers escape from the snares of death.” We can avoid following the example of the Israelites by having a proper fear of the Lord. Remembering not just that He is full of grace and mercy but also that He is holy and righteous and cannot tolerate sin. If you have a sin that is holding you back you can hand that over to God today! Let it never be said of us that we lived our lives in a way that “Again we did evil in the Lord’s sight.”