God is speaking to You: What have we learned?
Speaker: Dr Jon Lovelady | Series: God Is Speaking to You
We finish our sermon series “God is speaking to You!” with a familiar but important final sermon, “What have we learned?” We have used the book of Judges for examples of how God spoke to the people of Israel. God spoke to these people by the condition and circumstances of their lives. Even though we have not explored every way God speaks to us, it is an important lesson to reflect upon our current circumstances and ask, “What is God saying to me through these events?” This week, we go to Judges 2:18-23, it is an explanation of the why God used judges to speak to Israel, but also the destructive and unhealthy pattern that the writer of this book recognizes in all of these stories. As you read Judges 2:18-23, consider how God is speaking into your life through your circumstances and patterns. Judges 2:18-23: Whenever the LORD raised up a judge for them, he was with the judge and saved them out of the hands of their enemies as long as the judge lived; for the LORD relented because of their groaning under those who oppressed and afflicted them. But when the judge died, the people returned to ways even more corrupt than those of their ancestors, following other gods and serving and worshiping them. They refused to give up their evil practices and stubborn ways. Therefore the LORD was very angry with Israel and said, “Because this nation has violated the covenant I ordained for their ancestors and has not listened to me, I will no longer drive out before them any of the nations Joshua left when he died. I will use them to test Israel and see whether they will keep the way of theLORD and walk in it as their ancestors did.” The LORD had allowed those nations to remain; he did not drive them out at once by giving them into the hands of Joshua. (NIV)