Judges 10:15 “The sons of Israel said to the Lord, ‘We have sinned, do to us whatever seems good to You; only please deliver us this day.’”
When someone says, “I don’t care, just do whatever,” that usually implies they really just don’t care or they are just tired of arguing about the issue. Right? Well, this is NOT the case here. In the pattern in which the Israelites had fallen, they had once again begun worshipping pagan gods, had been given into the hands of an enemy for judgment and now were crying out to God for deliverance.
But look at their words. “Do WHATEVER seems good to You.” Those are dangerous words. I have prayed those words before. Desiring brokenness and humility, I have prayed, “Lord, do whatever You need to to do to bring me where You want me.” I am not sure I understood those words. I am sure I meant them, but did I understand them?
Your child may throw those words at you. Like the Israelites, they have done something wrong, and you have to discipline them. They get mad, rather than sorrowful, and say, “I don’t care. Just do whatever.” That is the perfect time to pull out this verse. Show them what those words could mean. Asking someone to “do whatever” can be a good thing or it can be a bad thing. But when they ask God to do that, He can literally turn their world upside down. Is that what they want?
When we discipline our children it is not to break them. But it should lead to brokenness and confession. We should see repentance and a desire for deliverance. As bad as we want it, however, we can’t force this on anyone. That has to be desired and asked for by the person. We just set the table.
I don’t know about you, but I truly desire for a contrite heart. I want to be vunerable enough to be used by God and not be seen in the process. I want others to just see Jesus.