All through the book of
Judges, we see the people of God sinning, getting punished, returning to God,
get forgiven & reinstated, then
sinning again to get punished, looks like an endless cycles. The situation
reminds me of a song I got into in my second year of high school, "One step forward two steps
backward…" the opening track of the 1976 album War ina Babylon
by the legendary Max Romeo and The Upsetters.
My default position was
to blame the situation on leadership or its absence; after all when Moses was
going to die, he asked God to commission a new leader but Joshua didn’t do
that, he left a void. This might be a credible position; the significance of
good leadership cannot be overemphasized, they plan and run our communities and
uphold law and justice or at least they should.
However how about areas
I consider private, where I’m in charge, it’s called self-control or
‘self-no-control’. "You will become as small as your controlling desire; as great as you dominant aspiration." - James Allen.
Therefore, since we are
surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that
hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance
the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus,
the pioneer and perfecter of faith. (NIV)
Today, through the blood of Jesus, we break the hold
of sin and bad habits on our lives; we walk free to live a life well pleasing
to God in Jesus’ name. We walk in the overflow of His presence.