For today, we are reading Judges 9:22-57, Judges 10, and Judges 11:1-28. Does anything strike you as important or valuable today?
It seems like the Israelites are only faithful to God based on their current circumstances.
“And then the People of Israel went back to doing evil in God’s sight. They worshiped the Baal gods and Ashtoreth goddesses: gods of Aram, Sidon, and Moab; gods of the Ammonites and the Philistines. They just walked off and left God, quit worshiping him. And God exploded in hot anger at Israel and sold them off to the Philistines and Ammonites, who, beginning that year, bullied and battered the People of Israel mercilessly. For eighteen years they had them under their thumb, all the People of Israel who lived east of the Jordan in the Amorite country of Gilead. Then the Ammonites crossed the Jordan to go to war also against Judah, Benjamin, and Ephraim. Israel was in a bad way! The People of Israel cried out to God for help: “We’ve sinned against you! We left our God and worshiped the Baal gods!” (Judges 10:6-10 MSG)
If the “land is quiet”, they forget about God; when they get into trouble, they cry out for His help. Consequences aren’t always immediate – we should be faithful regardless of our circumstances. When a situation drives us into our prayer closet, we shouldn’t let relief of that situation drive us back out. Lord, help me to be faithful all the time!