by Jerry Watts

A Vacation From God
Jerry Watts
Judges 2:1-23, 21:25

Every person in this building loves a vacation. This is summer time and vacations abound. It's a time to rest, relax, and get away from the everyday pressures of life. This idea is to unwind and let what you are most comfortable with, take center stage. For instance, some take vacations and simply sit and read, others go camping, fishing, golf, sight-seeing, and the list goes on. The point is we take time to refuel (although today, many go so hard at the 'pleasures' of vacation that they have to come back and recoup from the pleasures - kind of weird).

It's kind of interesting, that some people take vacations WITH family while others take vacation FROM family. Consider that thought for just a second. Why would someone take a vacation FROM their family? The answer is 'relationships.' No one (purposely) goes ON vacation with a family member or a friend who causes them stress or other problems in their life.

The title of this message is ''Vacation from God'' because as we will see in God's word, the Jewish nation seemed to take a vacation from God when they could have vacationed with God. Years ago when I was a Music Minister, we had a man in the church who, when he went on vacation, would not consider attending worship. Even if he didn't leave town, he would sit in his easy chair and take it easy and simply leave God out of his off time. Before we beat this man up, I have known others who go on vacation and have stayed within eye-sight of a church building, but they were on vacation so worshipping God was not done. Do we take God on vacation with us or leave Him out?

As we read scripture and see the journey of the Jewish nation let us also see their journey through the lens of the United States of America (and we might find an application for the church).

Let's begin with Israel. God chose the Jewish Nation (Israel) as His own people!

I submit that many in this room would have ...

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