“The people of Israel again did what was evil in the sight of the Lord and served the Baals and the Ashtaroth, the gods of Syria, the gods of Sidon, the gods of Moab, the gods of the Ammonites, and the gods of the Philistines. And they forsook the Lord and did not serve him.”Judges 10:6
Really? Again? After all that God had done for His people, how could they serve anyone other than the Lord? Let alone everyone but the Lord? It’s truly baffling…until we stop and reflect on our own lives. I’m not trying to guilt or shame anyone, but I think that if we’re honest, then we can all admit that our stories include a repetition of the same sins that leave us just as baffled as Israel’s repeated failures do. If that sounds like your story, then we can be grateful for what we see next in Judges 10. Yes, God is angered by the sin of His people, but He is also listening when they cry out to Him in repentance. And ultimately, the Lord “became impatient over the misery of Israel.” We worship and serve a God who is patient with us and impatient toward our misery, a God who wants to deliver and restore us when we fall.
I love the modern hymn, “His Mercy is More,” written by Matt Boswell and Matt Pappa. It reminds us of God’s mercy and calls us to turn to the Lord who is patient and kind. If you have a few minutes, listen and give thanks for God’s mercy in your life.