Wanting and having are two things in life that young people sometimes have to learn the hard way. Before graduating high school, many children are pampered, given cell phones, maybe a car, food and shelter by generous parents. Yet, college serves as a open book test for life as wanting and actually having are two different things.
But whenever the judge died, they turned back and behaved worse than their fathers, going after other gods, serving them and bowing down to them; they did not drop any of their practices or their stubborn ways, Judges 2:19.
Some students gain weight quickly unable to say no to endless all you can eat buffets. Others turn to partying to be the popular person on campus. Temptations lurk around every corner with no guardian or parent to tell you no. Thus, over a short period of time, people change. As poor decisions undo your upbringing, you might reach a point where what’s good for you may not be right for me.
Now these things are warnings for us, not to desire evil as they did, 1 Corinthians 10:6.
One day the apostle Paul noticed that some of the people whom he led to Christ began to repeat the sins of their past. To get everyone’s attention Paul provides a history lesson from the Old Testament. Without using a hell and brimstone message, Paul urges this church to learn from past mistakes. Whether its Adam and Eve in the Garden or the Judges who did what was right in their own eyes, each tarnished their faith. In view of this warning, may you cling to that which is right so that what feels good does not corrupt your soul.
by Jay Mankus