Re:Verse reading–Judges 13:1-5, 14:1-9, 16:1-30 (day four)
Verse 13:1 – “Now the sons of Israel again did evil in the sight of the Lord…” It was a vicious and constant cycle…Israel would do evil, they would be oppressed, they would cry out to God, and He would send a deliverer. They would serve God for a short while and then they would again do evil…and the cycle repeated. Over and over, God demonstrated His grace and longsuffering. Israel did not deserve forgiveness, but God gave it.
Often, our lives are the same. We make promises to God for righteousness, we sin and fail to keep those promises, our circumstances of life go sour, and we cry out to God. Again, we make promises if He will only deliver us, and our cycle continues. How can we have victory over this cycle of sin? It can only come by surrender…we must surrender control of our life and draw on the power of the Holy Spirit to deliver us. Work from obedience rather than circumstance!