May 4

Judges 19:1-20:48; John 3:22-4:3; Psalm 104:24-35; Proverbs 14:22-24

Israel continues her slide into mayhem as people continue to do what is right in their own eyes. You can’t help but be disturbed by what you read today. It is offensive on so many levels yet it is what happens when we make the rules for our lives instead of God. On our best day, we cannot adequately manage the affairs of our lives. We need God’s guidance.

God’s guidance is like a navigation system. If you have ever gone to an unfamiliar city and had to rely upon the navigation system to get you around, you respond differently to it than in cities where you are somewhat familiar. In an unfamiliar place, you hang on every word of the navigation. Even when your mind wants to question if the voice is directing you properly, you keep listening. In an area where you have some familiarity, you will second guess the navigation and even go another way.

We have to see our lives as unchartered territory where only God knows the best route. Allow Him to direct us so that we don’t waste time being lost or sliding into defiant sin. When people do what is right in their own eyes, they are playing to the lowest common denominator. Over time, the bar keeps lowering until every institution (family, church, community, business, government, etc.) are all operating against the will of God. What awaits these people is destruction.

Choose today to let God lead you and set the spiritual and moral compass for your life. You may not fully understand God’s ways but they are always right and the best for us!

Tomorrow’s Reading: Judges 21:1-Ruth 1:22; John 4:4-42; Psalm 105:1-15; Proverbs 14:25

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