In my quiet times I have been reading through the Book of judges. It has been such an eye opening book on just how patient and loving our Lord is and how great His grace is that extends to one of us as believers each and every day.
“Whenever the LORD raised up a judge for them, he was with the judge and saved them out of the hands of their enemies as long as the judge lived; for the LORD had compassion on them as they groaned under those who oppressed and afflicted them. But when the judge died, the people returned to ways even more corrupt than those of their fathers, following other gods and serving and worshiping them. They refused to give up their evil practices and stubborn ways.”
While reading chapters 3-13 you notice in them a common saying: ‘Then the sons of Israel again did evil in the sight of the LORD…’
The cycle of sin, bondage, repentance, devotion, followed by sin and bondage again. How crazy is that? I mean as I read it I would get so angry with the children of Israel. Israel would follow the LORD when there was a leader who reminded them of the ways in which they should walk, but with his death they again wandered off following other gods and their own desires.
God would then allow an enemy of Israel to conquer the people so that, through desperation they would again look to Him. One of the stories that most stuck out to me was in chapter 7 when God told Jerubbaal to release all the men in His army that were afraid of the battle. Then God told him he still had too many men in his army. He said he wanted all of Israel to know that it was God who delivered them, so they could not glorify themselves and think they did it. So in the end Jerubbaal only had 300 men to go to battle with him. As God promised they won against 20000 men.
Immediately I was like Yah God, you show them. Right after that thought I was reminded of all the times in my life I too have been guilty of this very thing.
I too, have forgotten God every time I complain about my situation or my circumstances, I have forgotten. Every worry, every fear, all the stress and all the questions of the future, I too have forgotten God. When there’s not enough money at the end of the month I too have forgotten God.
Despite my long list of all the times I have forgotten, I am amazed at His unending, never changing love for me. He loves me so much that He refuses to give up on me no matter how often I want to give up on Him.
He knew I would forget him just like the children of Israel. No matter how many times He delivered them, he didn’t give up on them. They saw God perform absolute miracles yet their faith was often weak. It is so refreshing to have a greater understanding and depth of just how great His grace is for me.
It was so costly for Him to give me this grace, but the Bible says it was the joy that was set before Him he endured the cross. Yes joy, somehow with Christ knowing all the times I would fall short or forget Him, to Him I was worth it! He is so gracious and so amazing.
I want to challenge you to take a some time to read through Joshua and Judges. Maybe you too will have a renewed vision of how Amazing Grace really is!