FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10
2 TIMOTHY 4:7
"I have fought a good fight
… I have kept the faith."
FAILURE TO LIVE ACCORDING TO THE BIBLE
The last five chapters of the Book of Judges represent the author’s supplement or appendix to the history of the period of the Judges. God’s Word provides further insight into the issues which gave rise to the apostasy of many generations. It was noted that though this was the longest period in which Israel was under another nation, there was no record of the Israelites crying out to the Lord for deliverance as they had done in the past. Instead they seem to be content to exist under foreign domination.
Important lessons from this apostasy are seen in its subtle process and disastrous results. Thus, it is observed that the mere possession of a correct theology does not guarantee an escape from apostasy. A consistent application of divine truth in the life of the believer must be done according to God’s Word. We must be like Paul who faithfully ran the race of life set before him. By the grace of God, he was kept in Christ, the Author and Finisher of his faith. He had held fast without wavering until he finished his course (2 Tim 4:7).
Let us live according to the Word of God. Let us live manifesting the grace and mercy that God has granted us. Let us live fulfilling the desires of God in our lives. Let us live for His glory and honour. Let us be the salt and light of this world. Let us be witnesses of His saving grace so that others may come to know the salvation through God’s Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Let us strive to be a blessing to the brethren. Let us bear one another’s burden for Christ’s sake. Let us be loving to one another in the love of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Remember: "Only one life ’twill soon be past, only what’s done for Christ will last!" (C.T. Studd).
THOUGHT: Am I living according to the Bible’s teachings?
PRAYER: "Thy testimonies are wonderful: therefore doth my soul keep them. The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple" (Ps 119:129-130).