What Happens When We Turn Away from God

Judges 2:11 What Happens When We Turn Away from God

We are a instant gratification society. If if feels good, do it. If I hurt other people to get to the top, it was simply self preservation. It’s a rough and tumble world.

When you revert to these attitudes, how do you feel about yourself, your relationship with others, and your relationship with God? Life tends to spiral out of control. One bad act leads to another to compensate for or cover up the previous bad acts.

People in these funks feel like God is far away from them. They complain that bad things keep happening to them because God isn’t real or because God has abandoned them.

God is still there. He’s just letting you fail because you turned away from Him. He did not turn away from you. It’s called free will. God is disappointed in believers who turn away from him, but He will never leave.


The Church of the Transfiguration on Mount Tabor in Lower Galilee, Israel, was built on the site of the battle between Barak under the leadership of the Israelite judge Deborah, and the army of Jabin commanded by Sisera.

Nowhere is that clearer than in the Book of Judges (and Kings and lots of other places). Chapter 8 of The Story summarizes the Book of Judges. I mean, how many times in the Bible, specifically Judges and Kings do we hear “and he/they did evil in the sight of the Lord”? When the Israelites turned away from God, God brought forth raiders on them. Every time, God brought forth a judge who saved the Israelites from their raiders. The Israelites would behave while the judge was alive and then go back to their old ways between judges. During these times, they worshiped false gods who could not deliver them from their attackers.

Your false gods cannot deliver you from evil. Your job can’t. Your money can’t. Your love of alcohol or gambling can’t. These are all false gods in your life that interrupt God’s plan for you. They allow attackers into your life. Bad, dishonest, un-Godly people. God’s still there. You are the one letting these people and things into your life.

When those who turn away from the Lord are ready to rededicate themselves to Him, He will be there with open arms to deliver you from your enemies. Just like he was over and over and over again for the Israelites in the Book of Judges.

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