Judges 2: 18 (NIV) Whenever the Lord raised up a judge for them, He was with the judge and saved them out of the hands of their enemies as long as the judge lived; for the Lord had compassion on them as they groaned under those who oppressed and afflicted them.
Over and over, in the book of judges, we read how the people were lured away into worshipping other gods so that the true God allowed difficulties to come their way as a means of bringing them back to their senses. What I find encouraging is that even as much as the children of Israel rebelled and fell into sin, God continued to have compassion on them. God doesn’t want to see us under affliction or oppression. So often we put ourselves under affliction: We darn well know better than to lie or cheat or let our emotions rule us – but the lure of a self-centered ambition causes damage in our lives, our relationships disintegrate and we find ourselves “afflicted”. But God will have compassion on us if we cry out to Him. If we’re sincerely willing to turn around and walk God’s way (repentance) God is faithful to have compassion on us. He guarantees it.