“Go and cry unto the gods which ye have chosen; let them deliver you in the time of your tribulation.”
It seemed to be a pattern for Israel. The pattern was that they would serve God and He would bless them. When the blessing came, they forsook God and served other gods. When the heartache came, they then would cry to God and beg for His deliverance. This was the pattern in the Book of Judges that Israel couldn’t seem to break.
God was fed up with this continual pattern. At some point they should have learned that sin’s punishment is greater than sin’s enjoyment. At some point they should have learned that sin will use you and then it will abuse you. There should have come a time when they realized that sin’s promises were empty. Yet, they never seemed to come to this conclusion.
God became so frustrated with their continual leaving pattern that He said to them, “Go and cry unto the gods which ye have chosen; let them deliver you in the time of your tribulation.” God was trying to remind them that if the gods they continually chose were so great, why do they keep running back to Him for deliverance? If Baal was such a great god, they needed to ask him to deliver them from the captivity of their enemies. If these gods be so great, they should have the power to deliver, but they didn’t!
God will deliver you from your sin, but there must come a time in your life when you stop running to God’s shoulder every time you leave Him. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not promoting quitting on God; but, why do you keep on coming back to Him if He is not worthy of your loyalty and faithfulness? If the world is so great, why isn’t the world delivering you in your time of need?
God must feel the same way towards many Christians today that He felt towards Israel in the verse above. If the sports that keep you out of church on weekends are so great, run to the sports stars when you need financial help. If the lake and worldly activities are great enough to keep you from being faithful to church, ask them to visit you when a loved one is in the hospital. If lifestyle and dress standards of the world are so great, run to them when your child loses their purity or becomes pregnant. If these other gods are so great, don’t you come running to God when they don’t deliver.
At some point in your life you need to break the pattern of running to God’s shoulder in your time of need. What I mean by this statement is that you need to realize that the world and its gods have promised you time and time again, but they’ve failed to deliver. You must remember that God has always been there for you, and at some point you need to choose to serve the LORD and forsake the world.
Do you find yourself in the same pattern that Israel found itself in? Let me encourage you to stop long enough to ask yourself, when has the world ever delivered you? God doesn’t mind you crying on His shoulder, but don’t serve Him only when you need His help. Remember that the God Who is so great to deliver you in your time of need is great all the time. Choose to serve God, not just in time of need, but choose to serve Him all the time.