A Merciful God
Judges 13 starts “Now the sons of Israel again did evil in the sight of the LORD”. My first thought was “Are these people stupid?” My second thought was “How are we different from them?” I think about September 11, 2001 which brought our country together. People started to attend church services and pray regularly. The refrain “God bless America” was heard loud and often. It appeared that America was turning back to God.
That was short lived! It is once again bordering on illegal to ask God to bless America. Women wail when their “right” to sacrifice their children on the altar of abortion is threatened. It is considered “hate speech” to quote passages of the Bible pertaining to homosexuality. Christians are standing by passively accepting sin because they do not want the label “intolerant”!
So far I have only quoted half of the first verse of Judges 13. The other half is this, “so that the LORD gave them into the hands of the Philistines forty years.” What consequence does God have for America? Will the terrorists torment us? Will the men of sin subdue us? The end of this story is written in the book of Revelation. As individuals we will be judged. The time is now to accept the mercy of God. In Judges 13 God sent Samson to save the people. To us God sent Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus or Judgment? Which will you choose?