What a sad cycle
We see this cycle two times in full in this chapter and a third time referred to without details.
How crazy is this repeating a cycle of sin, oppression and cries for help? And yet this cycle dominated this chapter (and will dominate this book).
Initially, I thought about the graciousness of God to continue to rescue His people. Would I do that for a child who, over and over again, got into deep trouble and cried for help?
But then before long my thoughts shifted to my world. Don’t I, to a lesser extent, do this? I sin, then when consequences mount, I ask God for help. It is not exactly the same, but there are some similarities. And I always assume that God will be there for me with grace and mercy, in hand, welcoming me back. I love the parable of the Prodigal Son!
My heart sings for grace and mercy of which I have been and continue to be a recipient of, in great measure
Lord, if I have presumed upon Your grace and mercy, please forgive me.
If I am living to greater or lesser extents in this cycle of sin, punishment and only after the consequences get too much to bear do I call out for salvation, please show me the way out. I pray in Jesus, my Savior’s name. Amen.