Scripture: Judges 10.
Judges 10:9-16 (NLT)
9 …. The Israelites were in great distress. 10 Finally, they cried out to the LORD for help, saying, “We have sinned against you because we have abandoned you as our God and have served the images of Baal.”
11 The LORD replied, “Did I not rescue you from the Egyptians, the Amorites, the Ammonites, the Philistines, 12 the Sidonians, the Amalekites, and the Maonites? When they oppressed you, you cried out to me for help, and I rescued you. 13 Yet you have abandoned me and served other gods. So I will not rescue you anymore. 14 Go and cry out to the gods you have chosen! Let them rescue you in your hour of distress!”
15 But the Israelites pleaded with the LORD and said, “We have sinned. Punish us as you see fit, only rescue us today from our enemies.” 16 Then the Israelites put aside their foreign gods and served the LORD. And he was grieved by their misery.
(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my life today?)
Like in the case of the verses chosen, we read time and time again how the Israelites strayed from the worship and leadership of God, the One who lovingly provided for them and lead them into the Promised Land. In verse 10 we read where they came to their senses and acknowledged their wrong before God. In verses 11 thru 14 we read where God expressed His disappointment with the Israelites and even told them that He had reached the end of His rope, and would not rescue them anymore. Yes friends, God eventually looks at us in disgust and questions our real intention sometimes when we plead with Him for something. He knows our selfish motives, and He knows how quickly we back off our commitments when everything is going smoothly. It wasn’t until the people acknowledged their sin and acted on the change they wanted to bring about in their lives that they really got to God. For at that time God was grieved by their misery. Does this sound similar to us today? The cycles we go through when things are desperate versus the times when everything is going smoothly. And what about our churches? Think about the times when churches are really struggling and hurting, how desperate we could get in prayer and renewed commitment to the Lord. Don’t you think that our ups and downs with commitment and displaying love to God, just to get His attention, and answers to our prayers, must really get to God sometimes and therefore causes reactions to our actions like in the case of these verses with the Israelites? Oh that we may be persistent is our commitment, worship and service to our Lord!
(What I will ask of God, in order for me to properly apply His Word to my life)
Lord Jesus, it is sad to read Your Word and see how Your people of old were so inconsistent in their commitment to You, and how quickly they turned from You when there was no accountability or reason for concern. Unfortunately, I am convinced that things have gotten no better in this arena, as You probably see worse in us today. Folk that have strayed away from You and doing their own thing, even in light of all that You may have done in their lives and in the lives of their relatives. Please forgive us. Please have mercy on us. Please humble our hearts so that we may truly recommit ourselves and honor You in every way for who You are. Thank You for loving me, in spite of my past and in working in me to overcome present weaknesses. Lord prepare me to be a sanctuary, pure and holy, tried and true, so that I may represent You genuinely in this current world.
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