"The sons of Israel said to the Lord, "We have sinned, do to us whatever seems good to You; only please deliver us this day." So they put away the foreign gods from among them and served the Lord; and He could bear the misery of Israel no longer." Judg 10:15-16
The people of Israel found themselves outside the will of God. They forsook His ways and began to serve other gods. To compound their problems their old enemies the Philistines and Ammonites pursued them in war. It was at this time that they cried out to God to save them. Interestingly enough, God was very irritated with the people and invited them to seek assistance from their new gods.
Beloved, it happens far too often that we repeat this mistake. We turn away from the Lord, find ourselves in trouble and come running back to Him to bail us out. It is difficult for us to imagine being refused by God once we have repented. As it would happen, forgiveness and help is available from Him. Our Creator loves us passionately. Despite the long list of human failings, He has always made a way back to Himself for us when we have rebelled. And He has always accepted us when we returned.
It turns out that we serve a God who feels. As a doting parent, He is moved with compassion by our suffering, pain and plights. He comes to our aid and He continues to love us. This is not a license to rebel, but a reason to stay at home.
Rejoicing in the Lord,