(Judges 3:4-6) The Lord left them to test Israel to determine if they would keep the Lord’s commands He had given their fathers through Moses. 5 But, they settled among the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perrizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites. 6 The Israelites too their daughter as wives for them selves, [and] gave their own daughters to their sons, and worshiped their gods.
What if God steps back just far enough to see if we actually live out our faith, If we are genuinely grateful for the transformation taking place through His Holy Spirit? Time and again, the Lord, our God, has come to our rescue and restored us back to His grace, Only for us default to our own devices.
ISRAEL’S SINS: Within a period of 250 years, God allowed Israel to fall to adversarial forces four times. Gideon, the fourth judge, was tasked [by God] to deliver the Israelites from the hands of the Midianites, yet again. The nation of Israel chose to defy God’s commandments by giving in to their proclivities.
ADAM and EVE MOVED AWAY. Their defiance gave birth to a generational sin: Genesis 3:6) Then the woman saw the tree was good for food and delightful to look at, and it was desirable for obtaining wisdom. So she took some of it’s fruit and ate it; she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.
WITH HEART, MIND, and SOUL: When we feel the urges of our cravings, We need to lean harder into the Holy Spirit, To draw from the well of His sovereignty, and strength: (Genesis 49:24) Yet his bow remained steady, and his strong arms were made agile by the hands of the Mighty One of Jacob, by the name of the Shepherd, the Rock of Israel.