I don’t know about you, but I don’t spend a lot of time in the Old Testament book of Judges. Perhaps we should. I ran across this scripture the other day. You know when the Lord wants you to see something, how it kind of jumps off the page at you? That’s what this scripture did. It was a day or two after the nut job killed those fifty people in Las Vegas. See if these words stick to you like it did to me.
Judges 2:13-16 “So they forsook the Lord and served Baal and the Ashtaroth. And the anger of the Lord burned against Israel, and He gave them into the hands of plunderers who plundered them; and He sold them into the hands of their enemies around them so they could no longer stand before their enemies . . . they were severely distressed. Then the Lord raised up judges who delivered them from the hands of those who plundered them.”
When that judge died, they flopped right back into evil; into sacrificing babies to these foreign gods; into idol worship. That’s what the book of Judges is all about. I wonder if God isn’t trying to get our attention with all the hurricanes, earthquakes, and slaughter. Perhaps we should ask Him to show us what we need to repent of while there is still time.