Under Gods Command
Book of Judges 

Judges 10:10-16 Then the Israelites cried out to the LORD, “We have sinned against you, forsaking our God and serving the Baals.”  The LORD replied, “When the Egyptians, the Amorites, the Ammonites, the Philistines, the Sidonians, the Amalekites and the Maonites oppressed you and you cried to me for help, did I not save you from their hands?  But you have forsaken me and served other gods, did I not save you from their hands?  But you have forsaken me and served other gods, so I will not longer save you.  Go and cry out to the gods you have chosen.  Let them save you when you are in trouble!”  But the Israelites said to the LORD, “We have sinned.  Do with us whatever you think best, but please rescue us now.” Then they got rid of the foreign gods among them and served the LORD.  And he could bear Israel’s misery no longer. 

These verses show how difficult it can be to follow God over the long haul.  The Israelites always seemed to forget God when all was well.  But despite being rejected by his own people, God never failed to rescue them when they called out to him in repentance.

Lets bring it home: God never fails to rescue us either.  We act just like the Israelites when we put God outside our daily events instead of at the center of them.  Just as a loving parent feels rejected when a child rebels, so God feels great rejection when we ignore or neglect him.  We should strive to stay close to God rather then see how far we can go before judgment comes.

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