What a good description of how our culture makes decisions!
We just do what we want.
And then we wonder why we have problems and issues. So much emptiness.
Just like the Israelites.
As we read through the end of the book of Judges, the Israelites are going from one bad decision to the next.
They are making idols and then killing each other over these man-made statues.
They slaughtered the tribe of Benjamin and then wiped out another tribe in order to get wives for the Benjamite survivors.
The book of Judges ends with this verse, “In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as they saw fit.” ( 21:25).
And their choices were causing all kinds of mayhem and problems.
This is what happens to us when we aren’t submitting to God. When we’re just doing what we want.
In order to have the meaningful, successful lives that we’re looking for, we need direction and wisdom from God.
He created us.
He knows what’s best for us.
When we seek his will and obey him, we avoid the traps we encounter when we are ‘doing what we want.” We avoid the consequences for those bad decisions.
And, the longer we’re committed to this journey towards the truth, we gradually want more of the things God wants for us. It might be a slow process, but God performs a supernatural transformation when we stay aligned with him year after year after year.
Please give us your direction and wisdom, Abba Father.