KEY VERSE: “And they forsook the LORD God of their fathers, which brought them out of the land of Egypt, and followed other gods, of the gods of the people that were round about them, and bowed themselves unto them…” (Judges 2:12).
A man once spent 16 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. It was a miscarriage of justice! Although there are occasional miscarriages of justice in earthly courts, there will be none of such in the hearing of Heaven. When men appear before God to give account for their deeds, every transgression and disobedience will receive a just recompense of reward.
For the Judge of all the earth will do right! When a man appears before Him, it will be either “Come ye blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you…”, or “Depart from Me, ye cursed into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels”. Israel had been special, occupying a privileged position in the heart of God.
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No other nation enjoyed such immense privilege. Yet, Israel did evil in God’s sight. They forsook the God of their fathers and served Baalim and Ashtaroth. As a result, they could no longer stand before their enemies. The hand of the Lord that had been their sustenance was now against them and they were delivered into the hands of spoilers (oppressors). God, being merciful, would raise up judges to deliver them, but they yet rebelled and disobeyed the judges and reverted to their evil ways.
Eventually, the Lord promised not to deliver them again as they persisted in rebellion and disobedience. Many times, oppression comes in form of sicknesses, diseases, hardship, failures, penury, all in the bid to bring the rebellious back to God when the once beloved of the Lord goes astray from Him. Continual disobedience at such times will only result in perpetual displeasure from the Almighty.
Are you already experiencing the heavy hands of God in any area of your life? The sure way back to His favour is sincere repentance and humble return like the prodigal son and He will abundantly pardon and restore you unto Himself again.
Thought for the day: The God of justice is yet a Father of mercy.
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