But the Israelites said to the LORD, “We have sinned. Do with us whatever you think best, but please rescue us now.” Then they got rid of the foreign gods among them and served the LORD. And he could bear Israel’s misery no longer. Judges 10:15-16
The Israelites had started worshipping various idols and rejecting God, so God allowed the Ammonites to come in and begin to take over. The Israelites were under much persecution and torment. After a time of this, they chose to go before God to get help. They had admitted that they had sinned against God and chose to get rid of their idols in order to serve God. They gave God the option of what to do with them because of their sin, but they wanted relief from the enemy.
When a person chooses to reject God and follow idols after serving Him, He usually allows it, but will also allow the enemy to come in and cause torment. The peace and comfort a person had with God will be gone. Things will not work out in the same way as with God.
The purpose of God allowing the enemy to come in is to work to get the person back to Him.
When things are going bad, most people will turn to God. They do not often look at what brought them to that point, but know that they need God to help them.
You may or may not be in this position right now. When you do get into that position, the important thing is to admit your sin to God. Admit that you have walked away from Him. Turn from those sins, and turn back to God.
Allow God to have control of your life again.
As you do this, God will work to restore your life to Him. God does not like to see His people in misery, but He also cannot accept sin in their lives.
Do not be like the Israelites and turn to God just to be helped out of trouble. Turn to Him with all of your heart and life. Serve and worship Him daily in every area of your life.
God will then help you through every situation in your life.
I pray today that you will admit to God your sins and repent of them; that you will turn from all idols to God alone; that you will allow God to lead your life; and that you will stay away from all sin in your life.