Repeating Offenses

“And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the Lord…” (Judg. 10:6).

Based on our Scriptural text, we observe repetitive behavior by the children of Israel throughout the entire book of Judges. They turn away from God, God allows their enemies to overtake them, and they repent. And so the cycle continues with each succeeding generation repeating the behavior and becoming worse.

However, what is noteworthy is that God is also compassionate towards them. He remembers His promises to their father and His friend, Abraham. God hears their cry and provides a means for their return to covenant relationship with Him. Sounds much like how He deals with us today, does it not?

Do you ever feel like this best describes your life? What changes can you make to end the cycle?

Developing a relationship with God is predicated upon one major factor. This factor is our willingness to enter into a covenant relationship with Him. This means that we live our lives in complete exclusivity to Him. Our prayers are directed to Him. We direct our worship to Him. Our lives should be lived for Him.

In other words, when we come into agreement with Him concerning His will for our lives, we are saying that His plan is the best course of action. Furthermore, this stands even when we do not understand what His plan entails completely. Once we violate this covenant, God is not obligated to uphold His portion of the relationship.

In these moments, we know that we do not deserve a second chance. However, God is full of grace and mercy (Ex. 34:6). God is long suffering. This means that He patiently waits for us to return to Him and acknowledge where we went wrong. After all, He is not holding out mistakes over our heads, but He wants us to understand the impact of our decisions on others. More important than this, He wants to ensure that we become aware of this trap of the enemy to prevent recurrence in the future.

In consideration of this, unless we learn from our mistakes, we will keep repeating them. This is not God’s plan for any of His children. He wants us to be free from repeating these destructive patterns and has offered a way of escape (1 Cor. 10:13). With this in mind, all it takes is for us to amend our ways by returning to Him and following His direction for our lives. As a result, we can watch how our lives will begin to blossom as the tree planted by the rivers of water (Ps. 1:3).

Sean Mungin, author of “The Thorn In The Flesh”

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