As you walk through various doors in life, you will eventually come across the cave of contentment. Although this place is not a physical location, the emotions you experience will make you feel at ease, comfortable and perhaps tinkled pink. Yet, instead of continuing your journey, some refuse to leave, content with who and where you are.
The Israelites did evil in the eyes of the LORD, and for seven years he gave them into the hands of the Midianites, Judges 6:1.
One of the byproducts of visiting this place is complacency. Sure, a weekend getaway can recharge your internal batteries. However, any kind of extended stay will cause you to become stagnant, limiting your options in life. Bruce Springsteen sings about a similar state in his classic song Glory Days. Graduates from high school reflect their former life, back in the day, just like visiting the cave of contentment.
Because the power of Midian was so oppressive, the Israelites prepared shelters for themselves in mountain clefts, caves and strongholds, Judges 6:2.
Unfortunately, when Israel decided to stop at the cave of contentment during the reign of Judges, life drastically changed. This decision allowed evil to creep into their lives. Subsequently, God humbled Israel through an oppressive ruler. Anyone who makes an attempt to stop growing today will face a similar fate. Although resting a while may be beneficial, trusting in previous achievements without moving forward is a step in the wrong direction. Therefore, follow the leadership of Gideon who the Lord used to rescue Israel from the cave of contentment.
by Jay Mankus