What did you do over the weekend? (Judges 1-2)

16 Then the Lord raised up judges, who saved them out of the hand of those who plundered them. Judges 2:16

Its Monday again. Its time to engage another work-week for the glory of God. Oh, by the way, what did you do over the weekend? I can tell you that I was very busy. Friday evening was spend with a family in the church celebrating our lives together in Christ. On Saturday we meet at church for clean up day and also we posted flyers for our upcoming Easter celebration at our sports fields. Then Sunday was busy in worship and in Community Groups.

As I stand before my computer I find myself asking, God what did I accomplish over the weekend that was eternal in its efforts? I guess the question is fresh on my mind because of what we read this morning. The Hebrew people are now being led by the second-generation of people to live in the Promised Land (2:10). Take a moment and gaze upon the text:

 10 And all that generation also were gathered to their fathers. And there arose another generation after them who did not know the Lord or the work that he had done for Israel.

I wonder, why did the next generation not know the Lord or His marvelous works? Here are a few suggestions:

  • Maybe they rejected the Lord? This was truly one of the reasons (2:11-15).
  • Maybe their parents were so busy doing the work that they forgot to include their children.
  • Maybe their parents were so busy doing the work that they failed to instruct their children through worship and time together in the Word.
  • Maybe the parents were compromising already. Someone said, what we compromise in today will be fully embraced by the next generation.

I am deeply challenged in being reminded that I am called to reach the world beginning with my own home. In the book of Deuteronomy Moses (4:4-10) directed the people to teach and model their faith always before their families. In the book of Deuteronomy Moses (Chapter 28) instructed the people to drive out the enemy. But in Judges chapter 1 we discover a people who failed to drive out the enemy.

Because they would not drive out the enemy, the enemy began to pull them away from God (2:11-15). The result was a people broken-down by their sin. I find myself standing here before my computer asking God to fill me with the willpower to focus on things with eternal value.

Here is my prayer:

  1. God raise up Christians who will authentically worship You.
  2. God raise up Christians who will aggressively lead their families in serving You.
  3. God revive the church in America and around the world.
  4. God lead the church to be leaders in a great awakening in our day.

Two questions:

  1. What did you do over the weekend?
  2. Are there things you would do differently if you could have a redo?

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