Judges 10:13-16 Yet ye have forsaken me, and served other gods: wherefore I will deliver you no more. 14 Go and cry unto the gods which ye have chosen; let them deliver you in the time of your tribulation. 15 And the children of Israel said unto the Lord, We have sinned: do thou unto us whatsoever seemeth good unto thee; deliver us only, we pray thee, this day. And they put away the strange gods from among them, and served the Lord: and his soul was grieved for the misery of Israel.
The text in Judges 10 speaks of a time of the nation of Israel being away from God spiritually. They had enjoyed years of peace for about forty five years under certain judges (vv.1-5) but hadn’t been grateful to the Lord for all He had done. They had lived comfortably but declined in their character, not learning from their past history (vv. 6-13). They had enjoyed victory over several nations but worshiped the gods of their defeated enemies. They abandoned the Lord and the Lord let their enemies vex them and cause them to be sore distressed. They initially cry out unto God and He tells them to let the gods they had chosen deliver them in their time of tribulation. Then they turn themselves to the Lord wholeheartedly and sincerely repent. Fruits of sincere repentance involves (Judges 10:13 15):
1. WE HAVE SINNED – Acknowledging sin (no whitewashing or lessening of its darkness) (v. 15);
2. DO THOU UNTO US WHATSOEVER SEEMETH GOOD UNTO THEE – Wholehearted surrender and openness to obey God (v. 15); (Not trying to work out the way of or conditions of repentance but a willingness to do whatever. No negotiating of the consequences of their sin).
3. DELIVER US ONLY WE PRAY THEE THIS DAY Sincere desire (v. 15);
4. AND THEY PUT AWAY THE STRANGE GODS FROM AMONG THEM – Outward actions of sincerity (v. 16);
5. AND SERVED THE LORD – A turnaround of actual consecration and truly serving God (v. 16).
Anytime there is a revival among God’s people and God’s righteousness rains down, impacting their lives, repentance always takes place. Since revival brings conviction of sin, repentance is always a part of revival. It is real repentant confession of sin that brings a transformation to one’s life. It is an important truth not only for the sinner but also for the saint who desires to grow and bear fruit in God.