Re:Verse passage – Judges 8:18-34 (day four)
It was a sad commendation of Israel. Verse 33 says that as soon as Gideon had died, Israel played the harlot with the Baals. Verse 34 says the sons of Israel did not remember the Lord their God. God had brought Israel out of Egypt, out of slavery; He had delivered them from the Egyptian army; He had brought them to the Promised Land after feeding them in the wilderness for forty years; He had displaced the people in the cities and the lands before them; and had now delivered them from their enemies and given them peace. With all this history, Israel just walks away. Where was their relationship with God?
We can easily fall into the same trap. If we fail to maintain our personal relationship with God…fail to read His Word daily…fail to pray and worship…fail to keep fellowship with other believers…we will not have a relationship to sustain us when temptation comes. (Make no mistake…Satan knows exactly when we are most vulnerable.) God’s love and grace are always available…we just have to be in a position to receive it!