Judges 5:23, 31 – Choices
(23) Curse ye Meroz, said the angel of the LORD, curse ye bitterly the inhabitants thereof; because they came not to the help of the LORD, to the help of the LORD against the mighty.
(31) So let all thine enemies perish, O LORD: but let them that love him be as the sun when he goeth forth in his might. And the land had rest forty years.
Choices are an everyday part of life. Here we see two groups of people who decided to make a choice. The first group is the people of Meroz. The Bible doesn’t mention this city anywhere else in the Bible, but we do know that they must have been in a position to help Israel (or God would not have rebuked them for not doing so) but instead chose to do nothing. God did not need them to secure victory, however, that did not negate their responsibility to get involved and aid in the effort. When Israel needed help, these people chose to do nothing rather than back God’s plan. What were the consequences of their actions? God’s curse on them.
Next, we see a contrast to those that love the Lord! Here, those that love the Lord are commended and Deborah asks God to make them like the sun at its fullest. Loving God is a choice, and that choice resulted in God’s blessing.
You cannot choose what happens because of your actions, those are you consequences. However, you can choose your actions that will result in certain consequences. Choose to get on board with what God is doing. Make the choice today to make right decisions that will result in good consequences. Whether it is doing your best at your school work, choosing to do right, choosing to do wrong, or even larger decisions about your future, choose to put God first!
Life Step: Think about it…
What kind of decisions do you have to make?
How can you put God first in these decisions?
4 thoughts on “Week 3 of Judges – Choices”
Its true. you cant choose the consequences of your actions. sometimes when we make the wrong choices it has a very bad end result and there is nothing we can do about. We made the choice, though, and its our fault. as i get older the right choices become more apparent to me. (not that i dont pick the wrong thing on purpose sometimes even though i know what the consequence will be), but I definitely live and learn from my mistakes. so, basically this is saying that the Israelites were in need of help and the Meroz people just sat back and watched as the israelites cried for help. That would be like me watching my brother get beat up and thinking ‘why should i help him out? its not like its my problem’ That was obviously the wrong choice. We are supposed to treat others how we want to be treated and im sure that if the Meroz people needed help they would want the israelites to spare a little of their time. Since they didnt do the right thing they were cursed by God. They could choose not to obey, but they couldnt choose the resulting punishment. On the contrary, the other people were glad to help out and they were greatly blessed. I want to be like them. Unfortunately, helping wouldn’t be my first mental choice. I need to work on that.
I think it’s cool to that Deborah asks God to make the one that loves the Lord to have the strength or power of the sun.
The General Electric company took some interesting video that talks about how much power is in the Sun.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OIP9FTWEpy4
Anyway, It’s amazing how much power is there, and that’s exactly what Deborah asks God to give the person that loves God.
In a sense, when we love God, we end up doing the things that God loves. He allows us to be used by Him to do amazing things, and in that sense the power that is available to us is so much greater than the sun. We are powered by the SON <—-sound familiar?…like some church name I've heard of…
As of right now, I have a lot of decision making regarding my future. Very soon, I’ll be graduating from high school, and every decision I make is entirely up to me. In the past I’ve cared too much about what I wanted rather then what God wanted for my life. I’ve learned that putting God first when it comes to decisions in my life, is what’s really important. I can think that I know what is best for me, when in reality, God is the only one that knows exactly what is best for me! God has shown me that doing what He wants me to do is the greatest thing ever, and He blesses for it. I’m so blessed to have the opportunities that God continues to give me on a daily basis. I never want to take putting God first for granted because it’s so important!
Pastor Bales say this a lot.. “You can choose your actions, but you can’t choose the consequences.” and that is so true! Sinning might be fun for a while, but eventually we’ll have to consequences for making wrong choices. That’s why it’s so important to ask God what HE wants us to do, and listen to Him. It will save us a lot of pain for sure! God made us, so He knows what’s best for us. The problems come when we either don’t want to do what He says out of fear, or maybe we just want to be in control of our lives. Either way, listening to God is the BEST choice! 🙂