When we all do what we want, everyone loses.

This week's devotional is from Pastor Ben Kerns.

ENCOUNTER:   Read Judges 20-21 (its long, but wild)

“In those days there was no king in Israel.  Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.”   

The entire book of Judges is an incredible read.  It is actually more disturbing than anything else.  Especially the last two chapters, 20 and 21.  You should really give it a read.
When you are done, you will be saying to yourself, “Self, that is some really messed up junk that just happened.”  I don’t want to ruin the horror, but there is a scary parallel.   

For as awful as the culmination of this story is, if you step back and simply take every decision point and ask yourself this question, “What seems to be the right response?”  And what you will find is that every response seemed to be a good response.  But the sum total of all these responses ended with a total disaster for the people of Israel.

This is where the challenge is for us.  I know that you, make all of your decisions based on what seems right in this moment.  The fancy term is called situational ethics.  But the sum total of all these situations usually ends with your life looking similar to the disaster found at the end of the book of Judges.

BE REFLECTIVE:

What is the lens in which you make your decisions?  What seems right?  What gets me out of trouble?  What can I get away with?

Where have you experienced the breakdown of decisions that seemed right for you not working out well for you in the long run, or for others in general?

BE A BLESSING:

How would your choices be different if your framing questions was, “How can I care for and bless others better because of this choice?”

Pick one person to be the object of this question today and see how that changes things.