Day 11

Israel’s Rebellion and Repentance

from the Judges reading plan


Judges 10:1-18, Isaiah 30:15, Luke 15:11-32

BY Guest Writer

Scripture Reading: Judges 10:1-18, Isaiah 30:15, Luke 15:11-32

My mother became a Christian when she was just a few months pregnant with me. I now realize she literally grew in her relationship with Christ while simultaneously teaching and leading me as she learned. In short, I grew up learning a lot about God. I participated in Bible memory contests, collected money for missionaries around the world, and had a part in both Christmas and Easter performances annually. My mother led me the best she knew how, yet I still rebelled.

I knew biblical principles,
but I did not apply them to my everyday life.

I knew the Bible as God’s Word, that He is the Creator of the universe,
but I did not honor Him as my Father.

I knew Jesus lived a perfect, holy, and blameless life,
but I did not know He loves me even though I cannot do the same.

I knew Jesus died to save the world from sin,
but I did not live as God’s forgiven daughter.

Having knowledge of God and choosing to live a life that honors Him are two very different things, and they will lead to two very different life experiences. This is exactly what is happening in today’s passage. There is no mistaking that the Israelites knew God. Judges 10:11 reminds us they had experienced His deliverance, His protection, and His love over and over again. Yet time after time they forsook the God they knew, preferring the comforts of what they could see and touch. They chose the false gods and cultural influences of surrounding nations over their faithful God.

Our struggles today remain the same. While we may not be tempted to worship the god of Baal, our false gods are just as dangerous. The tangible items we are so tempted to chase—money, people, success—are just as dishonoring when worshiped in place of the one true God. God did not want the Israelites to simply know of Him. He wanted them to know Him personally, to trust Him, confide in Him, and find their lives in Him. God wants the same for us now; He wants His people to choose Him.  

It’s easy to look at the stories we read in the Bible and wonder how God’s people could experience His patience, love, and miraculous intervention and yet still put their trust in other things. It’s easy to point the finger in judgment, but it would be far more beneficial for us to reflect on our own idolatry. In doing so, we will likely find places in our own hearts where we need to repent, seeking forgiveness and healing from the God who longs to be gracious to us (Isaiah 30:18).

God is compassionate and merciful. He provides leadership, guidance, and personal opportunities to experience His love. But as His children, we must take action, choosing to surrender to Him and worship Him with our lives. The ultimate provision of His faithful love comes in the very person of Jesus Christ—the sure image of the invisible God the Israelites so longed for and the Savior we all need. He alone stands by ready to rescue. In our surrender to Him, we will experience the deliverance, forgiveness, compassion, and rest promised to His children (Isaiah 30:15).

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It is with great sadness, yet greater hope still, that we share in the loss of Wynter Pitts, one of our She Reads Truth writers. As the founder of For Girls Like You, a resource ministry for tweens and their parents, Wynter’s mission was to empower and equip women of all ages to know, love, and serve Jesus. We are grateful to her for sharing her words and her voice with the SRT community (including today’s devotional, her final piece written for SRT), and we praise the loving, living God who she now knows fully, face to face in glory. “In [His] presence, we need nothing more, nothing but Him… His love fills us up to overflowing.” — Wynter Pitts

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53 thoughts on "Israel’s Rebellion and Repentance"

  1. Sarah says:

    Honestly, I feel like saying I want to let go of the things that take my focus off of God is inviting disaster. Am I alone in that? Yes, I want to worship God more than I currently tend to “worship” my role as a mom. I don’t want to lose that though. I spend too much time feeling like my house could nicer,cleaner, less cluttered. It just feels like asking God to take away my idols is asking Him to turn my family’s life upside down.

    1. Emily says:

      It might be inviting disaster. It will definitely turn your family’s life upside down. You are not wrong in thinking this or in being unsure of the outcome. But, is having an upside down life bad? God calls us to a life that looks different than what we can imagine. It will be hard but it will also be amazing. And, if you find that you were happier in your old way of life (holding onto your idols), then you can always return to it. You are an amazing mom, I’m sure, because you are really seeking answers.

    2. KimN says:

      I appreciate your honesty Sarah!
      I have and continue to struggle with placing my husband as an idol. It’s not wrong to love him and place a high value on him. But if he becomes my idol, I then start having expectations of him to fulfill needs and desires in me that he isn’t meant to. That puts pressure on him and creates discontent in me. But if God stays at the top and I seek His kingdom first (Matt6:32-33)I’ve placed value on the best thing. The One who fills my every need. The One in whom I find my true identity. I become a better wife and mom and person when I put God first because apart from Him, I can do nothing. (John 15:5).
      So there’s nothing wrong with cleaning your house and caring for your family. That’s work God has given you in this season and to do those things at your best level, honours Him. But those things apart from God can’t fill and feed the deepest parts of your soul. Only God. Trust Him with the results of putting Him first!

      1. Sarah says:

        Trust Him with the results of putting Him First. That speaks to my heart, thank you.

        1. Kristen says:

          Hi Sarah, I understand. I took so much pride o cleaning and keeping up with things. My friend challenged me to get serious with God and to read my Bible everyday. I didn’t want to, because I already got up earlier to workout and go to work. There was so much I did. However, I
          listened to her. I’m so glad I did. I couldn’t have fathomed what was ahead of me, but I know I wouldn’t have handled it the same way. I found out my husband was having an affair. I was devastated. However, since I had been reading His Word, my heart was already realizing my part in breaking down the marriage. God was faithful through that terrible time. He sent people to me through texts, words, and prayers. I got to attend a Spiritual Breakthrough seminar that was closed! I needed the teaching and prayers of the people. Yes, just trust Him. Give Him your time and you will get more accomplished than before! He can be trusted!

    3. Dorothy says:

      Sarah until about 3 months ago I thought I needed a lot of things to make my life happy. Last October I tried travel nursing and it didn’t work out. When I came back home in May and started to room with my niece I found out that life isn’t about things, it’s about happiness, family, friends but first and foremost it’s about your faith and the Lord will keep you happy. I have unit that when I started travelling was full, now it is only half full.

    4. Courtney says:

      So thankful for this group and for your honest words. I’ve been struggling with this very thing this past week. Balancing the many duties of wife and working mom are so challenging. Thankful for the responses as well. I have been trying to make a better effort with my relationship with God lately and could feel the difference in my attitude. But isn’t it when things are going as they should when the enemy tries to strike with negativity? Remembering that stress and negative emotions are not from God is key!

  2. Kandice Barley says:

    Praying for Wynter’s husband and girls as well as the SRT staff at the loss of a friend. Praising she knew and is is now with our Creator. God is good, even in the hard times.

  3. Rachel says:

    I was struck by the fact that when describing the Israelites’ repentance, it says “So they *put away* the foreign gods from among them and served the Lord”. They put them away, but they did not destroy them. And (spoiler alert) that proves to be a bit of a problem again later on. Lord, give me the courage to identify, uproot and DESTROY the idols in my life.

    1. Brittany Blazier says:

      Amen! So true.

    2. Dorothy says:

      AMEN sister amen

    3. kayla says:

      AMEN SISTER!

  4. Churchmouse says:

    The Israelites’ sin was great and repetitive. They had done what was evil in God’s sight. They had abandoned the Lord and not worshiped Him. Their sin warranted death. Under oppression they cried out “do with us as you see fit.” A bold statement given what they deserved for their rebellion. BUT GOD, their God, our God, is full of mercy and love. They cry out. They confess. God comes running. He comes running to both rescue and welcome. How like the Israelites I am. I know Jesus. I love Jesus. I am an heir of all that my Father has. Yet I squander His estate. All that He’s given I reject when I rebel and sin. I deserve the consequences of my foolish choices. BUT GOD, my God, hears my cry and runs to embrace me. I squander His blessings and even still He calls me His child. “Do what you see fit.” He sees fit to be merciful and loving. How great is our God!! Feeling His love today and oh so grateful. Thank you Abba.

    1. Dorothy says:

      Churchmouse I agree fully. I too have sinned and expected the worst and the Father received me with love and mercy. Oh how great a Father we have.

  5. Bessie says:

    “I knew Jesus lived a perfect, holy, blameless life, but I did not know He loved me even though I cannot do the same.”

    It has taken me a lifetime to get that message from God. He has tried so hard to tell me that He loves me even though I am not and never will be perfect. I always shake me head in wonder when I read the Old Testament and see how the Israelites continually turn from God and begin worshipping idols again. Then I think about myself and how I do the same and I shake my head in shame.

    Now I think about the fact that God loves me even though He knows I will wander from Him on a daily basis. What He cares about is that I continue to come back to Him. These days I don’t wander as far before I turn back. My freedom came when I discovered that I had the choice to worship Him or wander lost and alone. It wasn’t out of guilt or shame that I came to Him, but out of the joy and love I receive in His presence.

    1. Angela Isara says:

      ‘Out of the joy and love’ love this truth!!

    2. Dorothy says:

      Bessie your last sentence, “It wasn’t out of guilt or shame that I came to Him, but out of the joy and love I receive in His presence.” just screamed at me. I will be writing that down in my journal I hope you don’t mind. God bless sister and keep on believing.

  6. Kelly Chataine says:

    Since the summer of 1980, I have been a Christian. At times, I was an incognito Christian. Now, I want to tell everyone about God’s loving kindness, His plan, and the Hope that is for all through Jesus Christ.
    Not sure how my comment relates but there you go!

    1. Michelle says:

      I love this. :)

  7. Tina says:

    I have tears right now because as I began to read my mind wondered … I was thinking of Wynter Pitt… I read through the devotion to find she had written it…
    Praying God’s loving and comforting arms cover her family and all who mourn her loss..

    Choosing God today.. tomorrow… and for the rest of my days because I Can not do this thing called life without Him…
    Thank you Lord God that your Son Jesus stands waiting to rescue in my mistakes, in my sin, in my self made life disasters…
    Thank you that YOU
    And only you Lord God have the power to rescue, save , redeem..
    Thank you Lord God that no matter how far I roam, wander, let go… You are there, have been, and continue to be… my prayer, hope and desire is that I will remember… really remember that you are MY God who sees me and loves me and with grace and mercy you hold out your hand every minute of every day to me… Thank you Lord God ..Thank you …

    Thank you.

    Sending love and hugs to all.. every blessing for a great and God blessed day Sisters…xxx

    1. Hilary says:

      Tina, I wonder how DO people do life without Him? I can’t imagine.

    2. Dorothy says:

      Tina you are so right the Lord God and only the Lord God has the power to rescue, save and redeem. This is something i need to remember continuously. Bless you

    3. amarose says:

      That’s what I always wonder too! How do people do life without God?? Sometimes it’s all I can do to cling to him and wait for the waves to calm. What do they do if they don’t have Him to cling to? And then all the more reason to be sharing what I know about him with others so they can have that hope too. Tina, you summed up exactly what I wanted to say about this devotion. Thank you

  8. Kristen says:

    I watched the Evans’ family talk about the loss of Wynter Pitts. It was moving. It brought me to tears, but also encouraging. She seemed like a beautiful woman of God. Here’s the link from YouTube. https://youtu.be/Y9JBd0xqBGQ

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