Judges 2:1-4 breaks my heart, I can’t imagine how God’s heart must have felt or how it feels on a more consistent basis as I do the very same thing described in these verses. …I brought you out of Egypt and led you into the land I swore to give to your forefathers. I said, I will never break my covenant with you… Yet you have disobeyed me. Why have you done this? (bolding mine) Judges 2:1-2 (Insert my name) I have blessed you beyond your imagination, I have always been faithful and shown My love to you… Yet, you have disobeyed Me. Why?
I imagine that “Why?” almost cried out in a half whisper as it comes from such a sincere heart, one so hurt and yet full of love, mercy, grace and forgiveness for us… a heart that has done EVERYTHING to prove its love. He even gave His life and rose again to make a way for us to be with Him YET we still disobey and go our own way so often!
In His mercy God gave the Israelites judges. Verse 17, Yet they would not listen to their judges and still followed other gods. Eventually God chooses to use their enemies to test them, to see if then they would turn toward Him. (Judges 3:4)
Lord, I am humbled by Your deeply sincere heart full of love so profound for me. I pray that I will heed Your warnings when I start to stray knowing You want only the very best for me. I do not want to push You to use drastic measures to get my attention. Although I thank You that You are willing to go to drastic measures to save me and continue to pursue me with Your whole heart. Thank You for offering me multiple chances to turn to You before I breath my last and it becomes too late. I want to remain in Your mighty grip always until the day I’m held in Your mighty arms.
Independent Read: John 3:16, 2 Tim. 2:13, Isaiah 55:6-9, Isaiah 41:13