READING Judges 2:16-23
One of the hymns we sing at The Foundry says, “Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it. Prone to leave the God I love.” That’s exactly what’s happening in this passage. The Israelites’ history was ripe with stories of God’s salvation – the flood, Isaac being saved off of the altar, being rescued from slavery. And yet, when the deeds of the Lord were not directly in front of their eyes, the Israelites wandered. We’re not casting judgment, though – because aren’t we in exactly the same boat? Haven’t we seen God’s rescue time and time again, only to forget it once the promise was fulfilled? The beautiful thing is that, even in their wandering, God did not abandon his covenant. He didn’t save them from the consequences of their sin, but He also kept His promise to never leave or forsake the ones who kept choosing the world’s chaos over God’s order.
They soon turned aside from the way in which their fathers had walked, who had obeyed the commandments of the Lord, and they did not do so.