Live and Learn

John Koedyker

READ : Judges 2:16-23

I will use them to test Israel and see whether they will keep the way of the Lord. (v. 22 NIV)

The pattern we see in Judges reminds me of what happened in America shortly after 9/11.
Immediately after the terrorist attacks on the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and the Twin
Towers in New York City, people flocked to churches for prayer services. But in a month or
two, when things had returned to normal, many of those people quit coming.

In the book of Judges, God is always faithful, always ready and willing to help. And he
does! When the people of Israel cried out to him, God raised up judges to rescue them from
those who were plundering them. God was with the judge, who delivered Israel from their
enemies, and all was fine. But as soon as the judge died the people forgot God and behaved
worse than ever.

A friend of mine once said, “Life is a classroom—there is always something to
learn.” God allows difficulties in our lives so that we can learn from them. That is why
God permitted the pagan tribes to remain in Canaan. They were there as a test to see if
God’s people would learn from their mistakes. Could God be trying to teach you something
today? Even—or especially—through your mistakes.


Lord, help me to live and learn to trust you. Amen.