“11 So the Lord said to the children of Israel, ‘Did I not deliver you from the Egyptians and from the Amorites and from the people of Ammon and from the Philistines? 12 Also the Sidonians and Amalekites and Maonites oppressed you; and you cried out to Me, and I delivered you from their hand. 13 Yet you have forsaken Me and served other gods. Therefore I will deliver you no more.14 Go and cry out to the gods which you have chosen; let them deliver you in your time of distress.’ 15 And the children of Israel said to the Lord, ‘We have sinned! Do to us whatever seems best to You; only deliver us this day, we pray.’ 16 So they put away the foreign gods from among them and served the Lord. And His soul could no longer endure the misery of Israel.” (Judges 10:11-16)
We hear much talk about affliction, the storms that many of us are facing and the stuff that we are going through; but have we ever stopped to consider God’s afflictions? In reading these verses, the worst thing that can happen to us is to approach this message as if God is only speaking to Israel. To approach this story as a once upon a time thing, could be tragic. Israel’s response to God as a nation is a reflection of our individual responses to HIM also.
Have you ever stopped to think about all that God has done for you; the many times He delivered you from death itself? Just like Israel, we see God blessing us over and over; we move away from Him, things don’t go well, we cry out to HIM again, He delivers us, but again we move away and so on. It is painful to read the Word and see this awful cycle!
The last part of verse sixteen tells us: “And His soul could no longer endure the misery of Israel.” God is afflicted because of our misery as the result of our insisting and walking away from Him. God, the Creator of Heaven and Earth, loves us in such a way that He trespasses the wall of what is logic and what we really deserve, and manifests His mercy because of His incomparable love for us. I believe that the next time we decide to dwell on our afflictions; it would be a healthy exercise to pause and take a look at God’s afflictions because of us.