Friday, July 17, 2009

This Week's WORD

And he could bear Israel's misery no longer.
Judges 10:16b

I am half way through the book of Judges right now and have just about had it with the Israelites. After all God did for them in leading them out of Egypt, I do not understand how these people can keep turning away from Him and worshipping other gods. It makes me crazy!
Every time God gets angry and sells them into the hands of their enemies I think, Well, good! They deserve it!
But then they cry out to God and He raises up a judge to save them.
Until they do evil in His sight one more time.
And the cycle continues.
But when I was reading chapter ten, I found a short statement at the end of verse 16 that I simply couldn't get past.

And he could bear Israel's misery no longer.

Really? After all they had done - after all HE had done???
The Israelites deserved every ounce of agony they were facing!
Yet God came to a point where He could bear their misery no longer.

What amount of love God has for His children!!
How amazing is His grace??!!

I hope you can take a minute to dwell with that thought today. May you delight in His love for you.
See you back here Monday!

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happyhome said...

Reading about the Israelites always makes me take a good hard look at myself. How often am I like that...He does something amazing and the next time I doubt Him? Too often I'm afraid. Thank goodness for God's amazing mercy!

I'm still hoping the Dallas thing works out at some point. Would love to see you! Big hugs!

luvmy4sons said...

Yeah...I hate it when I see myself reflected in the Israelites! How often I too forget His benefits, take for granted His blessings, whine about my circumstances, let something of the world creep in and take a place of importance it should not hold...God is so amazing. His mercies are new every morning and His compassion fails not! Have a great weekend!

Proverbs 27:19 said...

It is kinda weird because in Romans 1 we read that God gave the people over to their desires that were contrary to His commands.

Interesting, but you know that you were reading about me in Judges right? I just don't know what Larie translates to in Hebrew so that I can tell you exactly which account is "mine!" :)


KelliGirl said...

I'm reading Isaiah (for many, many months!) and this morning as I near the end, I was awed by God's love, sovereignty, mercy and power. "We all like sheep have gone astray." How thankful I am that we have a Shepherd to bring us back.

Don't you wonder how we'd look when viewed under the same lens as the Israelites?

Happy Friday.

On Purpose said...

This reminds me of our church situation right now...and I can hear Him saying...'okay my people you've be miserable long enough lets move on and live in what I have for you!'

Anonymous said...

Funny! I often feel the same way when reading the saga with the Israelites! Lessons should be learned WAY long ago... but then again there are generations upon generations all represented there, right? Blessings for your weekend!

Leah said...

I am pretty sure that I deserve even more misery than those griping complaining Israelites, but I sure am thankful for mercy and grace!!

I would have probably done the same things they did, as much as I would like to think I would have been different.


Jessica said...

That's pretty amazing. Some of those books in the old testament are hard for me to get through, but look at this gem. Thank you for sharing!

Amanda said...

I am totally with you on those Isrealites!!! lol

Much love to you!