Cry Out

Judges 6:7-10

When the Israelites cried out to the Lord because of Midian, he sent them a prophet, who said, “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: I brought you up out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. I rescued you from the hand of the Egyptians. And I delivered you from the hand of all your oppressors; I drove them out before you and gave you their land. 10 I said to you, ‘I am the Lord your God; do not worship the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you live.’ But you have not listened to me.”

2018 Florida Shooting

Have you heard about the tragic school shooting in Florida? The FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) admitted that a person close to the shooter called them through its Public Access Line. They were informed about shooter’s disturbing social media posts. That tip said that the shooter had a gun, wanted to “kill people” and had “potential of him conducting a school shooting.” The agency said that no further investigation was conducted. They presumed the call as “fake news” or character assassination.

It says in Psalm 118:9, 9It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes.

In Psalm 146:3, 3Do not put your trust in princes, in human beings, who cannot save.

Many observer and affected people readily blame authorities for failure to prevent the school shooting tragedy. How much can the government do to shield citizens from similar tragic situation? Do tragic events have relations to corrupted spiritual life of citizens? Does lifestyle have connection to tragic events like school shooting?

When the Israelites did things as they saw fit, their spiritual life had deteriorated. When they ignored the instructions and warnings of the Lord, did the Israelites have any idea what’s good and not good in God’s eyes? It says in Romans 1:21, 21For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.

When the Midianites, Amalekties and other eastern people made their life so difficult, the Israelites cried out to God for help. Crying for God’s help implies that they actually knew what’s right before God but they followed their natural instinct.

Activities contradictory to the Scripture have gained supporters with loud voices. Loud voices are not necessarily majority. Activity outside God’s order disregards Him. To disregard the Lord is wickedness to Him. Because they disregarded Him, God delivered the Israelites into the hands of the Midianites. They cried for God’s help to be rescued.

1. Rescue

When the Israelites cried out to the Lord because of Midian, he sent them a prophet… 

The Israelites learned their lesson the hard way. Anyway, they realized that only a powerful God can rescue them from the cruel Midianites, Amalekites, and other eastern peoples. The invaders destroyed everything with value. They became so poor. They were scared of their life. They left their city life and lived in mountain caves.

Their predicament is a reminder for us. Many times, we do things that are seemly right and good in our eyes. We forget that by human effort alone, we can never ever please God. We tend to forget that God is pleased with us if we seek His guidance first.

Jesus has given us life example on how we can please God in John 5:19, 19“Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.

Christ did not commit sin by doing only what His Father did. He did nothing by His individual decision and effort. He obeyed what God told Him to do. We need Christ’s Spirit to empower us to do things according to His will. It says in Jeremiah 24:7, 7I will give them a heart to know me, that I am the Lord. They will be my people, and I will be their God, for they will return to me with all their heart.

We can only know God’s will if He gives us a heart to Him, not by human effort. As believers, we have to ask the Lord to give us heart filled with His desire. He desires us to discover His plan for us and to live according to His design for us. Just as the potter has plan for the pot he makes, our Creator has plan for us individually and as a church.

Christ’s crucifixion has freed us from the penalty and power of sin. We are free from the grip and influence of sin. Sin should not dictate us. Christ has redeemed us. Therefore, He owns us. By faith, God sent His Spirit as mark that we belong to Him.

It says in 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, 19Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.

Originally, this passage pertains to sexual sin but it also reveals that we belong to Christ. His crucifixion paid for our freedom from the slavery of sin. Since He ransomed us, it’s proper for Him to decide how we should live our lifestyle, why? He owns us, ey?

One may ask: “I thought we have free will?” Yes, we have! But, our freedom has boundaries. God’s commands are the boundaries where genuine believers should live.

Horse Ranch

Imagine yourself as rancher. You bought horses, mark those horses, and put them in your ranch. You build fences to mark the boundaries of your ranch. Your horses are free to run, graze or relax within the boundaries of your ranch. Your horses are safe within your fence but outside your fence, they might be stolen or victimized.

Similarly, when Christ redeemed us, God placed the Holy Spirit in our heart as a mark that we belong to God. Our choices in life are limited within the boundaries of the commands of God. Outside God’s commands, we can be victimized by evil desires.

God sends prophets to remind about troubles waiting beyond His commands.

2. Remind

he sent them a prophet, who said, “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: I brought you up out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. I rescued you from the hand of the Egyptians. And I delivered you from the hand of all your oppressors; I drove them out before you and gave you their land. 10 I said to you, ‘I am the Lord your God; do not worship the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you live.’ But you have not listened to me.”

When the Israelites cried out to Lord, He sent a prophet to remind them of His instruction, and how He rescued them from the Egyptian slavery. But, they ignored Him.

The Israelites did not complain or resisted what the prophet said, why? It exhibits that they really had been repentant of their wickedness. They sincerely and deeply desired to be rescued from the harassment of the Midianites.

The name of the prophet that the Lord sent was not also mentioned, why?

The Bible was silent if the Israelites listened to the prophet. They may have paid attention and repented because God raised Gideon to save them afterward.

Most of the times, we feel bad and sorry when we have some difficulties.

We pray for God to rescue us from our trouble but it seems like God is not listening, why? We like to be rescued but we may not be repentant of our sin, how?

When God wants to be heard audibly, He may send someone to say, “That’s what happens when you do this or that!” Common response is, “Rub it in, preacher!” Why? Hate to be reminded of sin shows no repentant heart. Repentant hearts appreciate reminders. By faith in Christ, God gives us heart to appreciate and enjoy His reminders.

It says in Ephesians 4:17-24, 17 So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. 18 They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. 19 Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, and they are full of greed.

20 That, however, is not the way of life you learned 21 when you heard about Christ and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. 22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

Life in Canada

Has your life changed? Coming from tropical country, it takes much adjustment to stay in Canada. During winter, it’s very necessary to wear proper dress and shoes to survive the extremely cold weather. Canadian lifestyle is far different. To enjoy life in Canada, immigrants from tropical nation have to make adjustment in their lifestyle.

Similarly, there are necessary changes from non-Christian lifestyle to Christian lifestyle. The word of God defines proper lifestyle for believers. Believers have to accept such necessary adjustment to enjoy life as citizens of heaven.

It says in Philippians 4:5-7, Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

If we are anxious, worry, or distress, do we violate Christ’s command not to be anxious and not to worry about anything? We frequently worry, right? We are anxious. It’s human nature. Not to be anxious and not worrying are possible by faith in Christ.

Seek to be filled and empowered by Christ’s Spirit when worry or anxiety attacks. When Christ’s empowers us, we can’t be anxious, no worry but have joyful peace.

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