Re:Verse reading–Judges 13:1-5, 14:1-9, 16:1-30 (day three)
“[The Lord] was seeking an occasion to confront the Philistines.” What is this “seeking an occasion” business? He’s the Lord. Why doesn’t he just blow things up to get done what he wants to get done? A pagan deity–one that springs from the mind and desires of man–will crush the world when he doesn’t get his way. The actual God–the God who is–will seek, woo, stir, call to account, punish, confront, give generously, wait patiently. He’s at work in history and through people in order that he might redeem all who will believe him. God has nothing to prove to men, but he knows what it takes to save them. When he confronts you, it is that you might turn from evil.