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Reflections Podcast
Reflections Podcast
Reflections • Episode 11
When We Walk Out on God
12m • March 10, 2021

What happens when we turn our backs on God? In this episode, we are reflecting on how God responds when his people walk out on him and when they return.

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What happens when we turn our backs on God? In this episode, we are reflecting on how God responds when his people walk out on him and when they return.

Bible Reading Judges‬ ‭2:10-19

Reflection Questions

  1. In what ways have you tried to do life on your own apart from God?
  2. What comes to mind when you imagine God running toward those who return to him?
  3. Take this moment to pray and return to God any areas of your life that you’ve held back.

Want to Go Deeper? Check out this episode's Bible study to watch a video and explore more detailed questions for personal study and group discussion.

Show Credits

  • Host: Cheree Hayes
  • Message: Dr. Carissa Quinn
  • Production and Bible Reading: Dan Gummel
  • Theme music: Grant William Harold
  • Background Music: "Walk with Me" by Reuben Y. Cottingham

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2 Chronicles 36:22-23  –  13m
Looking Back to Look Forward
13m
Malachi 3:16-4:6  –  13m
Treasured by God
13m
Daniel 7:9-14  –  13m
There’s Hope in the Nightmare
13m
Esther 4:1-17  –  16m
Who Does God Choose to Work Through?
16m
Ezra 4:1-3, Isaiah 56:3-8  –  15m
Is God Inclusive?
15m
Ezekiel 36:22-36  –  14m
Promise for New Hearts
14m
Lamentations 3:19-33  –  14m
Learning How to Grieve from Lamentations
14m
Jeremiah 4:16-28, 1 Thessalonians 5  –  15m
The Deep Anguish of God
15m
Song of Songs 8:6-7  –  15m
Wisdom from Sensual Love Poetry?
15m
Ecclesiastes 4:4-12  –  15m
One Handful of Rest
15m
Isaiah 42:1-16  –  14m
Power of Metaphor
14m
Proverbs 1:1-7  –  13m
How to Live Wisely
13m
Job 38:1-18, Job 42:1-6  –  15m
How God Replies to Job’s Suffering
15m
Jonah 4:1-11, Exodus 34:5-9, 1 Kings 19:3-5  –  14m
God’s Mercy on Our Enemy
14m
Hosea 14:1-9  –  14m
What God Wants from Us
14m
Isaiah 61  –  12m
What Good News Looks Like
12m
1 John 1  –  12m
Message of the Prophets
12m
2 Kings 25  –  14m
What God Does About Suffering
14m
1 Kings 6  –  14m
Redeeming Disappointment
14m
2 Samuel 7  –  14m
Faithful Through Failure
14m
1 Samuel 2  –  13m
When You Feel Powerless
13m
Ruth 2  –  12m
How God Treats His Enemies
12m
Judges‬ 2  –  12m
When We Walk Out on God
12m
14m
Deuteronomy 30  –  11m
Understanding Ancient Law
11m
Deuteronomy 4  –  12m
God's Wisdom on Display
12m
Numbers 13  –  11m
Trusting God in the Wilderness
11m
Leviticus 25  –  13m
Gift of Rest
13m
Hebrews 10  –  12m
Meaning of Sacrifice
12m
Exodus 19  –  12m
Rescued for a Purpose
12m
Exodus 3  –  15m
When We Cry Out
15m
Genesis 32  –  13m
Wrestling God
13m
Genesis 1-3  –  15m
Why God Gave Choice
15m

Reflect

Once you've listened to the podcast, take time to reflect on these questions.

  1. In what ways have you tried to do life on your own apart from God?
  2. What comes to mind when you imagine God running toward those who return to him?
  3. Take this moment to pray and return to God any areas of your life that you’ve held back.

Go Deeper

If you would like to dive deeper, use these Scriptures and questions for personal study or small group discussion.

The book of Judges shows us what can happen when we try to do life apart from God’s wisdom and refuse to give up our stubborn attitudes and actions. The destruction that follows hurts everyone, but the book of Judges also offers a glimpse of hope. If you worry that you’ve failed too often or wandered too far away from God, remember that it’s not too late to call out to him. God is gracious and forgiving. He runs toward those who return to him.

Message Question
How did Carissa’s message challenge or encourage you today?

Read: Judges‬ ‭2:10-19‬, 1 Timothy 6:9-11, Deuteronomy 4:25-31

  1. Review Judges 2:10. How does the text highlight why the people “forsook,” or walked away, from God? What can you learn from this explanation?
  2. Review Judges 2:13. The Canaanite idol Baal was thought to be the god over the weather and nature. In an agricultural society, people served Baal in hopes that he would reward them with a wealth of crops and flocks, assets that would lead to riches. Now read 1 Timothy 6:9-11. How can a longing to be rich cause someone to walk away from the one true God? What are other things people pursue ahead of God?
  3. How do you feel when others disregard what you say or reject you? What if you really love the person? How do your feelings relate to your love for that person?
  4. When God’s people disregard and reject him, he feels angry. How might God’s anger relate to his love for his people? How often do you consider God’s feelings when you make choices?
  5. Compare Judges 2:15 with what God said in Deuteronomy 4:25-31. What did God assure would happen if Israel turned to other gods (Deut. 4:25-28)? How does God assure his mercy and provide another chance for his people (Deut. 4:29-31)?
  6. The book of Judges ends with this line, “There was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes.” How can this help us understand what it means to honor Jesus as the King of our lives? What is one area of your life that would change if you fully agreed with Jesus’ perspective?
  7. Take this moment to pray and return to God any areas of your life that you’ve held back. Remember God’s overwhelming mercies and that he runs toward those who return to him (see Luke 15:20-24).
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