Here is an amazing description of God’s care of his people: “15 Whenever they (God’s people) marched out, the hand of the Lord was against them for harm, as the Lord had warned, and as the Lord had sworn to them. And they were in terrible distress” (Judges 2).
Why is this care? Because the people kept turning to false gods, non-gods, and so trusting in stones and wood and demons that could not help them.
What happened when God carried out his discipline until the people were in “terrible distress”? “6 And Israel was brought very low because of Midian. And the people of Israel cried out for help to the Lord” (Judges 6). Being “brought low” caused the people to cry out to God for help.
What did God do every time the people cried out for help? He worked for their deliverance and brought their land to peace.
God will use trials to humble us of our idolatry to pride, in order to get us to cry out to him instead of to ourselves, or our worldly loves, or other religions and philosophies. When we cry out to him, when we humble ourselves before him, he comes to our rescue and lifts us up.
© 2012 Monte Vigh ~ Box 517, Merritt, BC, Canada, V1K 1B8 ~ firstname.lastname@example.org