Reading: Judges 4: 1-7
Verse Three: “They cried to the Lord for help”.
Sometimes we find ourselves crying out to God because of something we have done. Sometimes it is because life has brought us a trial or circumstance. In either case we find ourselves at the point the Israelites find themselves. Their sin has led God to give them over to a foreign king. King Jabin cruelly oppresses them. They know why they are being oppressed and they take it for 20 years. Finally they have had enough. Verse three tells us that then, “They cried to the Lord for help”. In life, w all get to this place at times.
The Israelites experience this cycle over and over again. Temptation leads to sin, continued sin leads to punishment, punishment leads to prayer, prayer leads them back to God, God responds and restores. The sins are usually following other gods, not following the one true God. And always, always, always, God waits patiently for His people to return to Him. And He loves them again like the transgression never even happened. It is an amazing love and an amazing grace.
In faith the Israelites returned to prayer. Through prayer the possibility of God’s action became real. The possibility lead to expectation and hope. Living into the expectation lead to action on their part. Deborah called Barak and he gathered an army, expecting God to lead. And He did.
We may be in the midst of something today. The trial may come tomorrow or next year. Maybe the Holy Spirit is convicting us of a sin in our life. Whatever and whenever, our response should be the same as the Israelites. May our faith in God lead us to our knees as we seek God’s hand to be at work. May we expectantly live, being open to and aware of how God goes to work, seeking to come alongside of God to do our part, seeking His redemption or restoration or simply guidance. God has an amazing love and an amazing grace to share with us, His children. May we seek God today.