Turn

Re:Verse passage – Judges 2:11-20, 3:5-11 (day three)

The Lord was moved to pity by their groaning because of those who oppressed and afflicted them.”

Here is the cycle in Judges: spiritual and moral ruination, military occupation, spiritual awakening, military and societal revolution, then peace, followed again by further spiritual and moral ruination, military occupation, spiritual awakening, military and societal revolution, then peace, followed again by spiritual and moral ruination, and so on. The seemingly incessant pattern elicits much tut-tutting in church congregations and Bible study groups. “They never learned,” you might hear it said. “We can be exactly the same way today,” people sometimes remark. Both sentiments are certainly valid. But is there anything in that cycle that invites something besides disparaging comments? Yes. At each spiritual awakening, “God was moved to pity.” This is God. When you turn, he is moved. This is hope. This is life.

Author: Bryan Richardson

Bryan Richardson is the Associate Pastor to Pastoral Ministries & College and Single Adults at FBCSA.

2 thoughts on “Turn”

  1. Thank you for helping me focus on God, the power of change. Thank you for your faithfulness.

  2. Thank you BR for sharing your heart and your beautiful gift of words. In the conclusion of your post, the last three lines made a difference in my day.

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