Judges 3:8-9 NASB
“Then the anger of the Lord was kindled against Israel, so that He sold them into the hands of Cushan-rishathaim king of Mesopotamia; and the sons of Israel served Cushan-rishathaim eight years. When the sons of Israel cried to the Lord, the Lorrd raised up a deliverer for the sons of Israel to deliver them, Othniel the son of Kenaz, Caleb’s younger brother.”
Notice that the above passage describes what happened when the Israelites chose to disobey the Lord. First they turned away from the Lord. Second, God allowed them to face the consequences of their sins. Third, the people cried out to the Lord for help. And then, “the Lord raised up a deliverer” (Judges 3:9)! Yes, you can guess what happened next. God delivered them! Amen!
Now before we get upset about the Lord’s anger against Israel, the Israelites always received warnings before facing the consequences of their sins. The Israelites knew better, and yet they chose wrong! This seems to be a recurring theme in Judges. The people would rebel against God. Then they would get into trouble and turn back to God. Then God would rescue them.
As I read Judges, I can’t help but recognize how God does that with us still. When we rebel and turn away, He allows us to face the natural consequences of our own sin. Yet when we turn to Him, He delivers us from our sinful ways. If we do not exercise or eat healthy, we naturally feel miserable. If we allow bitterness, gossip, and forgiveness to dwell in us, it naturally eats us up inside. Yet when we turn to God, He can deliver us from our sinful ways! Folks, we serve a God who saves. A God who delivers addicts, who heals the broken hearted, and who saves from sin. What a mighty God we serve!
Yet true deliverance is only possible with the Lord, and some people cannot handle that truth. Many think they can deliver themselves or get by without repenting, but God knows our hearts. Only when we repent and turn back to the Lord can He truly save us from our sin.
Have you turned away from God lately? Or do you know someone who has? Are you struggling to break free from some habitual sin? Pray today to the God who delivers. Trust Him to deliver those in bondage, as only He can do.
This is taken from my upcoming Daily Devotional.