When there’s no one in the room, it can feel like no one is looking at you. And if no one is looking at you, it can feel like you can do what you want. That must have been how people felt in the book of Judges. Now, these weren’t just any people; they were people who knew and followed God.
To Think About:
- Read Judges 2:8-16. What are some reasons the people may have stopped following God’s ways of living? What verse(s) help you see that?
- Read Judges 2:17-19. This cycle of sin, oppression, repentance, and deliverance continues throughout the book. Describe a real or fictional account where that has happened today.
- Read the very last verse in Judges (21:25). When it’s thought there is no one looking, the only one that matters is you. What happens when everyone is their own leader? In what ways do you see that still going on? In what ways have you contributed to such ways of thinking and living?
To Live Out:
God is watching. And he doesn’t only see things from a distance; he came here with us. Jesus knows the ins and outs of this life. That doesn’t mean God wants to control you; it means he wants to lead you and love you. Knowing he’s watching can remind you that you matter. Keeping your eyes on him reminds him that he still matters to you.
To Pray About:
- Thank God for watching. Tell him some of the specific times you were thankful he was watching.
- Ask God to help you see yourself and the world around you as he sees them.