March 31: God (Judges 9-10; Psalm 49; 1 Corinthians 16)

Again the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the LORD. (Judges 10:6) Again and again, we see this verse and verses similar to it. If you were the parent and these were your children, what would you do? Cut them off? A lesson in tough love? Punishment? Seek professional help? Move away and leave no forwarding address? I’m growing weary of reading this! Life is better when they are faithful to God, and yet they just can’t seem to remain faithful. What must God be thinking? The Israelites are not the only people in the world. Maybe it is time to find other people – ones who would be grateful and remain faithful (if such people exist).

Why does God not give up on them? There are times when the people don’t want God to be part of their lives. At such times, God allows them to go without God and suffer the consequences. But God never gives up on them. Because God is faithful to God’s covenant. Humans break the covenant but not God. Rest assured – God is faithful. God will never let go.

Be on guard, stand firm in the faith; be courageous, be strong. Do everything in love. (1 Corinthians 16:13) Paul’s words to the believers. It is also what I know God to be. Let me be the reflection of these words today.

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