There was not a king in Israel at this time and everyone did as he saw fit. “Everyone did as he saw fit” could describe the driving practices of Burma (Myanmar). When I was thirty-five years old Russell cared for our kiddos in Thailand and for twelve days I traveled throughout Burma’s Shan State with two younger ladies. National traffic flow had changed from the left to the right but several cars still operate for right side driving, which means a passenger sees oncoming traffic on a curve long before the driver does. Adding to the chaos, horns are preferred over turn signals, stop signs treated as optional and the roads that were maintained when the British occupied Burma had become a series of potholes. It was very natural to talk to God frequently about our safety as well as the human rights issues that affect so many in what should be a thriving country.
Israel also should have been a thriving nation, but instead of following God and His ways, they did as they saw fit and it led to head-on-collisions with sin. Micah was a man who lived during this time and told his mother, “The eleven hundred shekels of silver that were taken from you and about which I heard you utter a curse—I have that silver with me; I took it.” Then his mother said, “The LORD bless you, my son!” This story goes on to illustrate the corrupt nature of the Israelites as some of them sought to live disconnected from God.
Now, just like then, a compromise with even the smallest things can lead to big deviations that affect more people than we might ever guess. In Burma the situation has gone from bad to horrendous. God, we pray for the people within Burma to have not only Your protection but to know You as their Savior. May the corruption end and Your justice go forth. Amen.