Today’s Readings: Judges 9:22-10:18, Luke 24:13-53, Psalm 100:1-5, Proverbs 14:11-12
In Judges 10, the people of Israel were again being oppressed by another local tribe and they cried out to God in humility.
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.
There is a pattern here.
- The Israelites approached God in humility and confessed their sins.
- The agreed to accept the punishment they deserved.
- They asked God for mercy and deliverance from their enemies.
- They turned away from their sin and turned toward God.
It seems that God found this an irresistible chance to love these people. He was “grieved by their misery” and was moved to action on their behalf. God responds promptly to humility and repentance that He can hear in our words and see in our actions. When we make even a small step toward God, He is compelled by His love for us to reach out to us, to have mercy on us and to restore us to our relationship with Him.