In the book of Judges we find the stories of the Israelites as they struggle to keep their eyes fixed on the Lord God. When they become apathetic, forgetful about God, they begin to follow the false gods of the people around them. God allows them to go into their disobedience so that they can find out what life is like without him. It is lousy. The Israelites live under the burdens of raging rulers who harm them. They cry to the Lord for mercy. The Lord God provides a judge for the people who rescues them from their bondage to falsehood. There is peace in the land. The peace does not last. It lasts for maybe forty or eighty years but after a generation or two the people become forgetful again. This cycle of disobedience is not unique to the book of Judges. It is a cycle that every Christian becomes familiar with. I give thanks that the Lord has heard our cry for mercy and raised up for us a wonderful judge, Jesus Christ. Jesus delivers us from our enemies. I seek the Holy Spirit to keep our eyes focused on the prize.