Join us as Senior Pastor Chris Johnson, Associate Pastor Aaron Hufty and Associate Pastor Bryan Richardson walk us through Judges 7:23-24, 8:1-9 in our Summer Re:Verse Series: “JUDGES – God, Our Deliverer.”
He’s got the whole world in his hands; all of human history. Sometimes we can read a passage in the Bible and wonder what God is doing, or how he could allow somethings to happen. Isn’t God good? Isn’t he loving? When I read stories like Jeptha’s in Judges 11, I’m reminded it’s God’s providential hand that is guiding us towards grace. That although we feel the weight of our own brokenness and sin,(we see it in Judges 11) He does not long to leave us there.
Can you imagine for a moment if God left human history to our own sinful devices? What would history be like if God left us to manage it? The Good News is that he has not left us to ourselves. God is not haphazard, or whimsical; He does not delight in the suffering of the wicked. No, He intends to press us towards restoration. And by His grace, he alone can do it. He has the whole world in his hands.
I have a failure to move. Left to my own devices, my own will and wisdom, I am incapable of any forward motion in this life journey. It’s quite frustrating sometimes, no correct that, it is always frustrating. Have you ever felt that way? Even with the best intentions to change, we often just remain the same. That’s true of us, and it was true of the Israelites. In fact Joshua told them exactly that in Joshua 24:19, “You are not able to serve the Lord,” and that prophecy was fulfilled over and over in Judges. Left to ourselves we have no hope. That’s the rest of the story in Judges, that our hope comes not from human will but from God. He sends aid, makes a way, and provides the means. Always. Left to myself I cannot move; God must move me.
Do you know who the last judge (and King for the matter) was? It wasn’t Samuel. It is Jesus; he is our aid, the way, and our means.