04/17/19 Idolatry Conquered by Grace

READING: Judges 10-11, Luke 12:8-34

God’s grace is beyond my comprehension. His love is so much bigger than I am that I cannot grasp it. His forgiveness is so complete that it’s unbelievable. I just don’t understand why God continues to love us—but He does, for He himself is love. 

I consider today His people in the book of Judges, who in today’s reading do what they often did: turn to false gods. In fact, they apparently worshiped the gods of anyone around them: “Then the Israelites again did what was evil in the sight of the Lord. They worshiped the Baals and the Ashtoreths, the gods of Aram, Sidon, and Moab, and the gods of the Ammonites and the Philistines. They abandoned the Lord and did not worship him” (Judg 10:6). For whatever reason, they picked up false worship from others and adopted it as their own. They abandoned God; just the extensiveness of the list of gods they followed is exhausting.

All their actions angered God, who brought judgment on them via the Philistines and the Ammonites. Still, though, God would not fully let His people go; He would raise up other deliverers for them. Indeed, He would ultimately send His own Son as our perfect deliverer—and He would redeem sinful, idolatrous people like you and me.

I say it again: God’s grace is beyond my comprehension.

PRAYER: “Father, thank You for Your love and compassion.”

TOMORROW’S READING: Judges 12-14, Luke 12:35-59