Judges 13:1 And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the LORD; and the LORD delivered them into the hand of the Philistines forty years.
Some of you need to stop thinking so loud. I can almost hear your thoughts as you read, Judges 13:1 and it says once again; ”And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the LORD;” You’re asking yourself, will these Israelites ever learn? We’ve have read the same statement, about the same people, doing the same thing, over, and over again. They do evil in the sight of the Lord, and then cry out to God. God sends a judge to help get them get out of the mess they’ve found themselves in again, then the judge dies, and the children of Israel go right back to the same old nonsense that got them in trouble in the first place. Won’t they ever learn?
Even as I write this and begin to think on this pattern of behavior, it becomes convicting to me in my life, as I’m sure if your honest, it does you as well. The children of Israel are not so much different than we are. We sin, we pray and cry out to God for forgiveness, God restores our fellowship, and in just a short time we find ourselves having to cry out to Him again. Sometimes for the same thing we had to ask for forgiveness for before, other times for something different. However, every time for doing something we know is offensive to God. It is so easy to read about the children of Israel and think, will they ever learn. I wonder if a real to life book was written about us, if someone a few hundred years from today would say, Will they ever learn?
How blessed are we that God’s mercy is everlasting. Psalm 103:17 says; “But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children;”
Have you thanked God for His mercy lately?
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