The Big Softie

So they put away the foreign gods from among them and served the Lord. And His soul could no longer endure the misery of Israel. (Judges 10:16)

Now I don’t want to give you the wrong idea about God, but He’s really just a big softie at heart.

Because of His love for us, God will at times “chastise” us, or allow trouble into our lives, for the sake of getting us to turn from our sins.  A good parent will do what it takes to keep their child from playing football on a freeway.  Yet I’m like that rebellious child. I get enticed by the fast cars and noise and think the freeway is a fun place to play the game of life.  I find my Good Father will lovingly do whatever it takes to get me to turn around and stop walking towards that evil highway.

Once we turn around though, God shows His true colors.  He’s not angry with us over our sins, as much as He is grieved over what we are doing to ourselves.  When we get those amazing moments of clarity, realize we’re heading for disaster, cry out to Him for mercy, and most importantly actually turn around from the highway to hell, He quickly and lovingly responds with mercy, forgiveness, and help.  Do you need to turn around friend?  God isn’t trying to destroy you, He’s trying to save you.  Turn around.