In his book, “The Pursuit of God”, A.W. Tozer notes that “faith is the gaze of the soul upon a saving God.” The book of Judges shows that the nation of Israel would often look everywhere else but to their saving God. In fact, Judges 21:25 tells us that they would only do what seemed right in their own eyes. No wonder they got themselves into such trouble! It was only when they were oppressed, enslaved, or overrun by the surrounding nations that they would look to Him. This became part of the “sin cycle” that they would get caught up in that they would go from serving the Lord, turning to idols, being oppressed, crying out to God, and Him sending a judge who would deliver them from the hands of their enemies. This happened again and again.
One crucial part of this cycle that I emphasized on Sunday and want to re-emphasize in this moment with you is that God was gracious and merciful to listen to the voices of His people as they cried out to Him. It was then that He would send a judge to intervene on their behalf. That’s who our God is! He hears us, too. We need to keep that in mind and remind one another of that sometimes. Whatever we’re facing, we can look to Him, we can turn to Him, take refuge in Him, and ask Him for His help. Thankfully, God is the same then and now. When His people cried to Him then, He sent them help. He does the same now in Jesus. Let’s keep seeking His face!
He is merciful!