We have the opportunity to change God’s mind.
“Yet you have abandoned me and served other gods. So I will not rescue you anymore.” 10:13
Then, after Israel’s pleading and repenting, they adjust their behavior:
“Then the Israelites put aside their foreign gods and served the Lord. And he was grieved by their misery.” 10:16
When it comes to my enemies, I want God to be black and white. I don’t want him to waver or change his mind; I want them to get what they deserve!
My ‘enemies’ are often God’s people who I’ve decided get it wrong, or who have hurt me and we’re unreconciled about it. By withholding mercy and grace from people, I am making myself God’s enemy.
He is compassionate, grieved by our self-inflicted misery. He changes his mind when we apologize to him with sincere hearts, even if it’s in the eleventh hour.
So what stops me from doing the same?
I always feel unsure if writing brief posts about deep topics is appropriate. Forgiveness is not a light theology matter, and I’m constantly learning about it. But what I read today is that shortly after announcing he was at the end of his rope, God’s heart moved towards his people. And spoiler alert: he continues to rescue them. And us.
Do you need to reconcile with the Lord about something?
Has someone apologized to you and changed their actions? What’s your response?