Joan’s phone rang. “Oh, no,” she said to her husband, “it’s Felicia again.” Felicia called Joan at least three times a week asking for money, for a ride, or for free babysitting. Other times, Joan wouldn’t hear from her for months until she needed something again.

Israel’s relationship with God throughout the Book of Judges seems much like that. When life went well, the Israelites lived however they wanted. When life went poorly, they turned to God for help. They wanted the benefits of being His people without the requirements of obedience to Him and relationship with Him.

But the Israelites said to the Lord, “We have sinned. Do with us whatever you think best, but please rescue us now” (Judges 10:15).

When His people repented of their sins, God’s heart would be moved and He would rescue them. God loves His people and doesn’t want to see them in distress. Repentance and prayer touch the heart of God and motivate Him to move on behalf of His children.


Ask God to forgive you of any sin and commit to deepening your relationship with Him.