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Dec
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God Cannot Bear Your Misery

God gave the people 10 commands.  The very first one was:

You shall have no other gods before Me.

​ – Exodus 20:3 (NIV)
Sounds pretty simple, right?  Don’t worship any other gods.  Yet, we see in the book of Judges that time and time again the Israelites bow down and worship the gods of the people groups that surrounded them.  The same thing happens in Judges 10.

…you have forsaken me and served other gods, so I will no longer save you. 14 Go and cry out to the gods you have chosen. Let them save you when you are in trouble!”

​ – Judges 10:13-14 (NIV)​
The Israelites were in trouble.  They were being oppressed by the people whose gods they were worshiping.  The children of Israel began to plead once more with God:

But the Israelites said to the Lord, “We have sinned. Do with us whatever you think best,but please rescue us now.” 16 Then they got rid of the foreign gods among them and served the Lord. And he could bear Israel’s misery no longer.

​ – Judges 10:15-16 (NIV)​
I love that sentence at the end of verse 16: “And He could bear Israel’s misery no longer” (Judges 10:16b, NIV).
God knows that we wander and stray.  His heart of grace beats with love for His people.  His heart of grace beats with the rhythm of forgiveness.  Do we deserve it?  NO!  Does He still love and forgive us?  Yes!
He sees us in our struggles that we have so often brought upon ourselves.  He knows about our trials and troubles.  He does not delight in our misery or pain.  It grieves Him terribly.  He is our deliverer.  He rescues us.  He redeems us.  He restores us.  He is a good God!  We need to trust Him.  We need to believe His promises.  We need to turn to Him in repentance when we fall short and sin.  We need to turn to Him to be our provider instead of trying to do it all ourselves.  No matter the number of our sins, God hasn’t given up on us.  He will rescue you from your misery, so go to Him today.  Receive His forgiveness and love and know that help is on the way.

Judges 10

New International Version (NIV)

Tola

10 After the time of Abimelek, a man of Issachar named Tola son of Puah, the son of Dodo, rose to save Israel. He lived in Shamir, in the hill country of Ephraim. 2 He led Israel twenty-three years; then he died, and was buried in Shamir.

Jair

3 He was followed by Jair of Gilead, who led Israel twenty-two years. 4 He had thirty sons, who rode thirty donkeys. They controlled thirty towns in Gilead, which to this day are called Havvoth Jair. 5 When Jair died, he was buried in Kamon.

Jephthah

6 Again the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord. They served the Baals and the Ashtoreths, and the gods of Aram, the gods of Sidon, the gods of Moab, the gods of the Ammonites and the gods of the Philistines. And because the Israelites forsook the Lord and no longer served him, 7 he became angry with them. He sold them into the hands of the Philistines and the Ammonites, 8 who that year shattered and crushed them. For eighteen years they oppressed all the Israelites on the east side of the Jordan in Gilead, the land of the Amorites. 9 The Ammonites also crossed the Jordan to fight against Judah, Benjamin and Ephraim; Israel was in great distress. 10 Then the Israelites cried out to the Lord, “We have sinned against you, forsaking our God and serving the Baals.”

11 The Lord replied, “When the Egyptians, the Amorites, the Ammonites, the Philistines,12 the Sidonians, the Amalekites and the Maonites oppressed you and you cried to me for help, did I not save you from their hands? 13 But you have forsaken me and served other gods, so I will no longer save you. 14 Go and cry out to the gods you have chosen. Let them save you when you are in trouble!”

15 But the Israelites said to the Lord, “We have sinned. Do with us whatever you think best,but please rescue us now.” 16 Then they got rid of the foreign gods among them and served the Lord. And he could bear Israel’s misery no longer.

17 When the Ammonites were called to arms and camped in Gilead, the Israelites assembled and camped at Mizpah. 18 The leaders of the people of Gilead said to each other, “Whoever will take the lead in attacking the Ammonites will be head over all who live in Gilead.”

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