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Immerse: Kingdoms - Week 2

There is always hope

Buckle up, friends. This week’s Immerse reading is rough. Reading through Judges is not a happy experience. It conveys a sad and dark time in Israel’s history and an account of their cyclically sinful behavior. If you’ve lived a somewhat moral life, and you’ve never read through the book of Judges, be prepared to be shocked. I’ve read through it several times through the years, but this go around, by the time I got to the end, my thought was, “How could anyone think this was okay?!” I literally slammed my book shut and said, “I can’t read this any more right now.”

Our world’s history and even today’s current events are gut-wrenching. They make us want to turn off the news and numb ourselves from the horrific calamities and catastrophes. Anyone use social media, gaming or streaming to escape from reality every once in a while? I know I do. There are times I’d rather just be oblivious to the wars and rumors of wars (Afghanistan) and famines and earthquakes (Haiti).

If reading the book of Judges does anything, may it show us just how bad things got. Just how sinful people are. Just how messed up the world is. Just how much we need to be rescued. Just how much we need a Savior.

Now that I think about it, it’s perfectly ironic that the book of Ruth follows the book of Judges. Right smack in the middle of the mess, there is hope. There is hope for a widow named Naomi, who also lost both of her sons. There’s hope for a Moabite woman named Ruth. There’s hope for the future of Israel.

There’s always hope. Hope isn’t some far off wish. Hope isn’t a delusional fairy tale. Hope is faith, and faith is based on certainty, assurance and guarantee.

So, as you’re reading through Judges this week, and even through Ruth, try to remember there is hope. Even with the coming of each and every judge, there was hope. “But when the people of Israel cried out to the Lord for help, the Lord raised up a rescuer to save them” (Immerse: Kingdoms, page 46).

We can count on our Rescuer. He has already come to save us. His name is Jesus and because of Him, there is always hope.