The Lord's anger burned against Israel, and He handed them over to marauders who raided them. He sold them to the enemies around them, and they could no longer resist their enemies. Whenever the Israelites went out, the Lord was against them and brought disaster on them, just as He had promised and sworn to them. So they suffered greatly. Judges 2:14-15 HCSB
As a parent of four children there where times when I lost my patience and became angry with my children. I still loved them more than life itself but I was angry with their behavior or disobedience. I had reached the “end of my patience” and would have to carry out some type of discipline to help my children understand the consequences of their actions and to help them learn how to obey and do what is right.
God is our heavenly father. He reached the end of His patience with the Israelites whocontinuallyrefused to do what He commanded and refused to do what they had promised. Sometimes the best and loving action is to allow people to suffer the consequences of their actions. The Israelites suffered greatly as a result of their failure to obey and their insistence on worshiping false gods. God had promised He would bring disaster, so He was just fulfilling what had been promised.
Challenge: When has God lost His patience with you because of your insistence on your own selfish ways? If you surrender to God and His ways you will experience blessings instead of suffering.
Read The Bible Through In Two Years: Genesis 20:1-18; Matthew 12:22-50