"When they chose new gods, war came to the city gates, and not a shield or spear was seen among forty thousand in Israel." (Judges 5:8, NIV)
How many times in our lives, "war came...and not a shield or spear was seen among forty thousand...?" We seemed to be at our spiritual pinnacle, yet defeat still came, excused as "burn out," a "valley," or whatever else we use to attempt to disguise the fact that we, "chose new gods." Each day is a new call to, "choose for yourselves this day."
This is a warning to all individuals and nations throughout history. No matter how "mature" the Believer, how far the extent of the "ministry," how adored and revered by the masses, or those in our local churches, no matter the might of a nations military, economy, or intellect, if we choose, "new gods," all the "claiming," all the "declaring," all the "worship," all the high tech weapons of mass destruction, nothing can save us from, "not a shield or spear was seen among forty thousand."
Our text reveals and history affirms that there is no defense to people who, "chose new gods." Wars have come and gone, and so have those who were participants, victors and vanquished alike. Indeed, "the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands forever." And stand they will who stand on, "The Word of Our God," Jesus Christ, those who reject, "new gods," those who, "choose for yourselves this day," and every day, and every moment of every day, Jesus Christ as Savior, Master, "King of kings and Lord of lords."
Father, in Jesus' Name, You see the multitude of gods before me. This day, anew, I choose You. Amen.
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When Peter, an 18 year old Norwegian, "heard the call to evangelize China, on that day he not only emptied his wallet into the collection plate, but included a small note with the words, 'and my life.'"
"Looking unto Jesus"