Where Faithlessness Leads

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Judges 2:10 “And also all that generation were gathered unto their fathers: and there arose another generation after them, which knew not the LORD, nor yet the works which he had done for Israel.”

Israel seemed to lose their faith at the end of Joshua’s life. The book of Judges is the result of their lack of faith. Had Israel done what God commanded them to do and exactly how He told them to do it, there would be no faithless and sinful living in the book of Judges. I believe one reason that Joshua’s faith waned in his latter years is because there were no young men who had faith to challenge his faith; thus, it resulted in a generation of faithfulness which led to sin. The progression that led to Israel’s faithlessness is the same progression many take that leads to their eventual compromise and sinful lifestyle. Let me point out these steps.

First, faithlessness starts with union. In Judges 1:1-3, God commanded Judah to go against the Canaanites. After God commanded Judah, Judah asked Simeon to go with them. This union with Simeon showed a lack of faith that God could do through them alone what He commanded them to do. Union in itself to do right is not bad, but it shows a lack of faith that God has the power to do through you alone. Union says you need to help God to do what He says He can do, and this is nothing short of faithlessness. God never told Judah to ask Simeon to go with them, but their lack of faith thought that union could do a better job. Union with others always leads to eventual compromise because you are only as strong as the weakest person in the union. Now, God will still work through union, but you will never see His power to the degree you could have seen it had you done what God told you to do alone.

Second, union leads to apathy. The Scriptures say in Judges 1 that each tribe did not “drive out” the inhabitants. These people got comfortable with what they had. Apathy always leads to compromise. You cannot be comfortable with where you are and continue to stand with God because God moves forward; thus, if you become apathetic and stay where you are, you are not walking with God.

Third, apathy leads to the LORD not doing great works in your lifetime. Judges 2:10 says that there arose another generation “which knew not the LORD, nor yet the works which he had done…” The works of the LORD were simply stories for the next generation because they had never seen them. Oh, how every generation needs to see the works of the LORD. If you want your children and grandchildren to continue doing right and serving the LORD, you had better be sure to do what it takes for God to do something in your life. God is nothing more than a story if all your children hear is what God used to do. You must do something for God so that He is not just a story but a reality.

Fourth, a lack of great works leads to people forsaking the LORD. In Judges 2:12, “they forsook the LORD God of their fathers…” When your children don't see the LORD’s work in their lives, He won’t mean much to them and they will leave Him for something that will destroy them.

My friend, this all starts with union. Living a life of faith is not easy, but it is worth the struggle so that your children will not only hear the works of God, but see them. When they see God’s works in their lives, they will want to do those same works themselves.

Dr. Allen Domelle


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