May 3

Judges 17:1-18:31; John 3:1-21; Psalm 104:1-23; Proverbs 14:20-21

When there is no leadership in a person’s life, he or she will make things up along the way and do whatever seems acceptable. In other words, when we have not submitted ourselves to God’s authority, we will make our own rules and live by them (and change them when they no longer suit us).

Micah stole his mother’s money. In response to her money being stolen, she pronounces a curse on the robber. Micah hears this and becomes afraid. He returns the money and confesses his crime. Out of appreciation, she takes some of the returned silver and makes an idol to her son! It gets worse; Micah takes the idol and makes a shrine (sacred place to worship the idol). Then he makes priestly garments and appoints one of his sons as priest. Adding insult to injury, a young Levite (priest) passes by and agrees to be his personal priest at this new shrine.

Now that they have the “son stealing silver god”, they feel secure that they have a god watching over them. The whole tribe of Dan adopts this perversion as they seek to possess their Promised Land. Do you see how error is spread? One person makes up their own rules and others begin to follow, before too long, we think those made-up rules override the Sovereign God’s Truth! Because God knows human behavior, He knows that we will always look right in our own eyes.

Let’s commit today to do those things that are pleasing (right) in God’s eyes and not our own. When we do this, we will never get off track or lead others astray with us.

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

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