God’s people are notorious in their (our) rebellion. And yet…because of God’ mercy and grace, The Lord consistently responds to us when we call on Him. God’s favor isn’t based on the things that we’ve done. God doesn’t love a future version of us…God loves us.
In the book of Judges, we see an all-too-familiar story. After witnessing countless miracles, God’s people began to turn away. Not only did they begin practicing evil (you could argue that everyone slips now and again), they willfully began worshipping other gods.
Has anyone every betrayed you? What about a close friend or family member. I bet I can guess your response. At best you probably distance yourself from the betrayer until your anger begins to cool down. At worst, we are tempted with revenge. And yet - how does God respond?
As a result of their sin, God removed his supernatural protection from the Israelites…until they cried out.
Judges 3:9 - When the children of Israel called out to the Lord, the Lord raised up a deliverer for the children of Israel, who delivered them.
It’s that simple.
The turning point in the whole story hinges on the simple phrase, “when the children called out.”
Notice what that passages doesn’t say.
- When the children called out…and said 1,000 “Hail Marys.”
- When the children called out…and crawled on their knees through broken glass
- When the children called out…and never let go of their guilt.
The grace of God is the most powerful redemptive force the world has ever known. How is activated? Simple.
“Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” -Romans 10:13