May 14 – No direction… Judges 18
Judges 18:1-19:30 / John 8:12-30 / Psalm 60:5-12
What happens when you take a trip and don’t have a map or directions? You get lost. What happens when you make a
cake without a recipe or directions? You have a disaster. What happens when you live life without any guidance
or direction? You live in chaos. In Judges 18:1 it says, “In those days Israel had no king.”
The people of Israel were in chaos and everyone did what was right in their own eyes because they did not have a
king. When authority, law and direction are taken away from a nation, they will lose their way in life.
In this passage we find the Danites searching for a place for their tribe because they were unable to secure
their land of inheritance. They were desperate and looking for answers and direction, wherever it could be found.
Five of their men spied out the land and found a priest, living in Micah’s house, who prophesied their victory
over the unsuspecting people of Sidon. He acted as Micah’s personal priest yet surrounded himself with idols,
carved images and household gods. Remember, there was no king.
As the Danites go to battle, they first visit Micah’s house to take care of some important business. The spies
again remind the soldiers this was the house of idols, carved images and household gods. They then announce, “Now
you know what to do.” (14) What did they do? I know what I would have done… follow God’s command to destroy every
image, foreign god, and idolater in the land. The Danites instead convince the priest to leave Micah’s house and
be the priest for their entire tribe.
They embraced what God had condemned. Could that not be said of our society and possibly Christians today?
Looking to the things of the world, defying God’s standards, grasping for hope or help no matter the source.
Standards are compromised and ethics become situational when we turn from God to those things he condemns. Any
satisfaction, hope or direction that we find in the world will be short lived. They may be pleasant for a season,
but there will be judgmental consequences and deception will be exposed.
So are you searching for direction? Be careful where you look… there is a way that seems right to a man but it
leads to destruction. Why not ask “the King of Kings”? He will never lead you astray, but will direct you on a pathway of
purpose and give you an inheritance that is out of this world!