They abandoned the Lord and no longer served him at all.

Again the Israelites did evil in the Lord’s sight. They served [other] gods. They abandoned the Lord and no longer served him at all. – Judges 10:6

We read through the middle of the book of Judges about the stories of Gideon and Jephthah and how these seemingly insignificant men rescue their nation from oppression from outside forces. Every time the oppressors made life unbearable for the ancient Israelis, God raised up a leader to free them. However, after that leader died, the people would abandon the God of their fathers and return to worshiping false gods. The cycle repeated itself again and again.

There comes a point in time in a person’s life when repeated actions eventually lead to an established behavior that becomes nearly impossible to break. The idea is that whatever we surrender ourselves to becomes our master. The master can be anything, anyone, or any idea. God created us to give him glory. As the scriptures say, For everything comes from [Jehovah]and exists by [Jehovah’s] power and is intended for [Jehovah’s] glory. All glory to him forever! Amen. (Romans 11:3)

We have to come to the point of realizing what is we want in life. Do we want to pursue the temporal riches and pleasure of things that will pass away either through rot and decay or when we pass away, or will we pursue the eternal reward of living for the One who created us all, Jehovah? The choice lies within each person as to the path one chooses. No one forces a person to choose who they will serve. It is a personal matter and decision. When we choose to abandon the Creator of the universe for something, someone, some place, or some idea other than him, we will live out the consequences of our choices.

Today you have the opportunity to make that choice for yourself without coercion or compulsion. The scriptures are quite clear,

So fear the Lord and serve him wholeheartedly. Put away forever the idols….Serve the Lord alone. But if you refuse to serve the Lord, then choose today whom you will serve…But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord. – Joshua 24:14-15  

Father, Jehovah, thank you for the grace and mercy and compassion you extend to mankind. The scriptures declare that you are not slack concerning your return to the earth as some count slackness. They scoff and tout that you will not return. They declare that things are as they have always been and will always be that way. You have given men time to turn from their wickedness and turn to you for redemption and salvation. I do my best to share this truth with any and all who will hear the message of good news that Jesus paid the price for sin that we all should pay and that he rose from the dead to ascend into heaven at your right hand to the seat of honor and power. Others may choose to serve other gods that are not God, but as for me, I choose to walk after you and walk in your Spirit, who lives in me. I am the temple of the living God. Thank you for redeeming me from a fate that was designed for demons not humanity. I choose life not death. You set the two doors before me, and I chose life. May all who hear me declare your truth find life as well. In Jesus’ name, Amen.