Slowly life is beginning to get back into a more familiar swing. More and more businesses are opening, and workers are able to return to work. If we determine to ignore political stuff and the racial unrest for a moment, we could see the light at the end of the COVID tunnel. All that seems good, and we are ready to move on.
I was reminded today about the many accounts in Judges where the Israelites would find themselves away from the Lord. They had let their guard down and gotten unfocused. They would slip into idol worship and lose their freedoms to enemy nations. They would then turn to God, asking for help.
"The Israelites cried out to the LORD, saying, "We have sinned against You, we have both forsaken our God and served the Baals!" Judges 10:10 NKJV
Look at the beginning of this verse in 2 Cor. 3:1- "Are we beginning to praise ourselves again?" I know it's out of context but, while reading it, I was struck how often we arrogantly place ourselves into the center of the picture of our lives. How about some of these; "well, I don't like that" "I don't see it that way," "I don't believe that," "I don't want to".......
There is too much "I" in those statements. The Israelites did not fall away overnight. It was choices. They made one neglectful or selfish choice after another. They did not keep God first. They did not keep God and His worship in the place of priority.
As our lives are returning to some normalcy, we can feel the pressure beginning to rise. We can go places and do stuff. Relationships will transition again as we aren't forced together. We can easily find ourselves not as dependent on the Lord as well. We can fall into the trap of self-sufficiency.
Many good things were gained during the COVID season. Let's determine to not allow those gains to just slip back away. When things got better, the Israelites would become distracted and slack back. They went from God-dependent to self-dependent. God has called us to be free in Him. Maintaining that freedom is through dependence on God. He must be our focus and source of everything.
"And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God ask of you but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul," Deuteronomy 10:12 NIV