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  • Writer's pictureJan Weihl

God's Grace in the Old Testament (Judges 10)

If someone wrongs you over and over again, how many times will you forgive them before you say enough is enough and write them off completely?

It’s easy to see the God of the Old Testament as an evil God who persecutes and abandons His people for no reason. But when we look closer, we see God step back when His people choose to turn away and worship something else. That choice never goes well for them though.

We see a repeated cycle of the Israelites:

  • turning away from God

  • worshiping idols

  • God turning away from them

  • Israelites suffer consequences

  • Israelites cry out to God

  • God restores and saves them

Judges 10:6 Again the Israelites did evil in the Lord’s sight. They served the images of Baal and Ashtoreth, and the gods of Aram, Sidon, Moab, Ammon, and Philistia. They abandoned the Lord and no longer served Him at all.

Judges 10:10 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.

Judges 10:16 So they put away the foreign gods from among them and served the Lord; and He could bear the misery of Israel no longer.

Like the Israelites we are created in the image of God, the Creator of the universe, and made to worship Him alone. But we get distracted with the things of this world and take our eyes off of God to worship the creation rather than the Creator.

But God lovingly waits with arms wide open to welcome us back into His presence when we repent and turn back to Him.

Where are you in this cycle? Who will you choose to serve today? Many don't realize what they are missing out on until it is too late.

Dear Lord, I choose to serve You, the Creator of heaven and earth. Please protect me from the temptations that distract me and cause me to take my eyes off of You. Lord, like the Israelites, I have fallen away in the past. Please don’t let me fall away again. Lord, thank you for loving me and welcoming me back into your arms, into your presence, and into your protection. Please show me how to serve You alone today.

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Mar 21, 2022

WE are weak and should be thankful that the Lord forgives us when we repent.

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