The TRUE VALUE of SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINES
March 18 Bible Reading: Judges Chapters 19-21
The book of Judges chronicles the dark ages in the history of Israel, as it sums up the three hundred years of the Israelites in Canaan after the death of Joshua with these words: "In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes" (Judges 21:25). This whole episode of the vile abuse of the Levite priest’s concubine by the wicked men of Gibeah from Benjamin, and the resulting war between the tribe of Benjamin and the other eleven tribes of Israel took place as a result of one major factor – the lack of any leadership in Israel. "And it came to pass in those days, when there was no king in Israel..." (Judges 19:1a). There was anarchy and the prevailing disorder in Israel as there was no one to implement God’s rules and set boundaries for the Israelites. This further set to a disappearance of spiritual values that are inherent in a godly society. "Where there is no counsel, the people fall; but in the multitude of counselors there is safety" (Prov 11:14).
There is a true value of having spiritual disciplines in our lives. In order to implement spiritual disciplines in the lives of the believers, God has appointed spiritual leadership in the church and given them set responsibilities. "Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching" (2 Tim 4:2). Every believer is required to submit under the spiritual leadership and God’s word. "Obey those who rule over you, and be submissive, for they watch out for your souls, as those who must give account. Let them do so with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you" (Heb 13:17).