Today’s reading is Judges 9-10.

I was once talking with a friend who explained that while he loved the story of the prodigal son, he really needed a story of the repeat prodigal. That is, he needed a story of the son who came back, was welcomed, and then decided to go out to the far country again, came back, was welcomed, and then decided to go out to the far country again, came back, was welcomed, and then decided to go out to the far country again…You get the point. I completely understood. Well, here is that story. Israel came back, was welcomed, then went out to the far country again and again. But when they returned to the Lord, even when He rebuked them, He restored them. Do not misunderstand: this is not permission to go out into the far country again. But it is permission to come back again. Praise the Lord!

Tomorrow’s reading is Judges 11-12.

A Word for Our Kids

Hey kids, Abimelech was made king, but that doesn’t mean God was pleased with him. We need to remember that. What is going in our life is not necessarily an indication of how God feels about us. Many people have great things happening, like becoming king, even though they are not in good with God. On the other hand, many people have tough times even though their relationship with God is great. Don’t let life be your barometer of your relationship with God (you may have to ask your parents what a barometer is), rather let your relationship with God be the barometer of your life.

Photo adapted from Graceway Media

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