Judges 5:1-18: Among the clans of Reuben there were great searchings of heart. Why did you tarry among the sheepfolds, to hear the piping for the flocks? Among the clans of Reuben there were great searchings of heart. Gilead stayed beyond the Jordan; and Dan, why did he abide with the ships?
My word processor isn’t happy today. It underlines the word searchings in red, insisting it isn’t a word. But I find it a wonderfully useful word, and a concept which we need right now.
Judges tells us that “among the clans...there were great searchings of heart.” The passage then describes the questions reflected upon: the choice by peoples to remain in one area or to continue to another. Where are those kinds of questions for modern cultures?
The idea of searchings undertaken by cultures and nations holds little place in modern culture. Today, much of the world encourages exploration and consideration by individuals, but most free nations have no unified effort to determine an overall course of action. We assume that reflection by enough individuals will lead us in the direction of God’s will.
Instead, focusing on selfish priorities means that large segments of society go without protection and resources. Something has to change, starting in individual hearts but going to a much wider experience.
As a society and as God’s created world, we need some good old-fashioned searchings.
Psalm 69:1-23; 31-38; Acts 2:1-21; Matthew 28:1-10
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