We often blame the situations we are in or the circumstances we face for our disobedience and passivity in responding to God’s calling.
Probably you already heard these excuses (from others or from your own lips):
“When I got promoted and my salary increases, then I will be more faithful in giving.”
“When my kids are grown up, then I will be more involved in church ministries.”
“When we already have a car, then we will come earlier for the worship service.”
“When I am not anymore busy with my work, then I will have my quiet time daily.”
“When my life problems become fewer, then I will begin sharing Christ with others.”
“When my husband begins to show that he cares for me, then I will begin showing him some respect.”
It is like saying, “When my situation becomes more favorable, then I will begin obeying and serving God more faithfully.”
Now, look at the story of the nation Israel. They were wandering in the wilderness for 40 years. They complained, they murmured, they worshiped idols, they rebelled against God again and again. Can they say as an excuse, “This journey is just too difficult for me and my family!”?
Are the difficulties we face in our life the real problem? After 40 years in the wilderness, God gave the Promised Land to Israel. He gave them victory and rest from their enemies. They were now more comfortable compared to their life in the wilderness. But does it mean that it is now more favorable to obedience and faithfulness to God?
When you listen to the story of The Book of Judges, you will begin to see that there is a far deeper problem. The sinful human heart doesn’t naturally become better as life situation becomes more comfortable. Actually, it can become worse.
Click here (or the thumbnail on the left) to read, listen, download or share the sermon God Rescues Rebels Again and Again. This sermon is based on the story of Judges 1-16, which includes the stories of Gideon and Samson. Story guides and story graphics are also available for download.