<   Back to Archive Index

A daily devotional based on the New Living Translation
view online
logo
 
 
Find a Bible
     
 
Get the App
 
 
twitter facebook
 
  A two-year chronological walk through the…  
 
 
Life Application® Study Bible
 
 
 
 

Week 28

October 18th, 2017
 
Private Lives, Public Consequences
Judges 8:22-35
 
Read
Then Gideon son of Joash returned home. He had seventy sons born to him, for he had many wives. He also had a concubine in Shechem, who gave birth to a son, whom he named Abimelech. (Judges 8:29-31)
 
Reflect
Gideon already had numerous wives. His relationship with a concubine reflects a pattern of disregard for marriage. With her, Gideon bore a son who tore apart his family and brought tragedy upon the nation (see Judges 9). The consequences of Gideon’s private life did perhaps more damage for the nation than whatever public good he had done.

No matter who you are, moral flaws can cause lasting problems, even if we think they’re “private.” Our private sins can leave public consequences, even if we’ve been faithful in other parts of life.

We need to be constantly watchful against temptation and root out sin wherever it appears. Sometimes Satan’s most devastating attacks come in the quiet that follows great victory.
 
Respond
Are you obedient to God in some areas of life but not in others? Are you indifferent about some sin because of the good things you do elsewhere? Even though we split up our lives into different dimensions, God sees you as a whole person. He is not fooled into thinking we can keep ourselves safe and segmented. God wants you, all of you. What parts of yourself aren’t yet given up to him?
 
 
 
 
  Share with a friend   #190
 
Fwd
 
 
tweet
 
 
facebook
 
Progress on our two-year chronological journey…