Judges 10:16 Then they got rid of the foreign gods among them and served the Lord. And he could bear Israel’s misery no longer. Judges 10:16 “以色列人就除掉他们中间的外邦
In what ways am I abandoning the things used to do for God?
As I read Judges chapter ten, I feel angry that the Israelites choose to stray from God again and returned to their idols (10:6). They saw what God has done for them, how can they abandon the LORD and no longer serve him at all? I can relate to God; how he burns with anger towards the foolish people. It is easy to see how silly the Israelites are when reading the full story like this. Once the Israelites feel the consequences of their sin, they realized how they made a big mistake and repent before God. At first, God refuses to deliver them from their enemies. God even reminds them of all the great things He has done for them. But in verse 16 we see something amazing about the character of God. The Lord was grieved by their misery. God felt so much compassion for his children. It bothers God when we are in pain. It is amazing how God is full of compassion, love, and mercy for his children.
So many times, I am like the Israelites; I forget how wonderful God is and I run to the idols around me. I am just as foolish and evil as them. I too often run from God and only repent when things are not going my way. I so often think that I do not need God. I push God away when it is not convenient for me to serve Him. I love to bend into the culture around me and worship the things of the world. But I praise God for forgiving me over and over again and discipling me out of His love. I praise God for always pulling me back towards Him and showing me His love and compassion.
Dear God, please help me to have a deeper relationship with you defined by obedience. Please help me to serve you with complete devotion. You are the LORD of Fatherly compassion. Thank you. I pray this all in Jesus’ name. Amen!