How many times do we hear voices blaming God because He has no answer, or response, or that He does not care? Then one day, their hearts grow hard and they begin to agree with the unbelievers that there is no God.
I will say there is no sadder story than this, one lays down their life for their friend, and is rejected, denied, and not even remembered (John 15:13). Do I belittle or diminish the hurt that others may be going through? Do I speak without compassion or do I fail to understand their hardship? I cannot judge my own heart rightly, but I can tell you what hardship is, I am fully aware, and understand. However, the Lord can absolutely empathize with it (Hebrews 4:15). Yet, He still holds us accountable to our choice, our choice to obey or disobey.
Regarding to the book of Judges, no one can deny that God hears His peoples’ cry. He rescues and delivers and restores them, but then soon after, they sin against Him again. They broke the covenant by denying His word and remembering Him no more.
We all know how a covenant works, it is an instruction from a teacher to a student, or between a business and its customer in paper. It is a commitment in which both parties agree to keep all the stipulations with sincerity. If a teacher cannot award points for work that is incomplete, a business cannot provide services when a contract is breeched, or a wife feels betrayal when her husband is unfaithful… then how much more serious is a covenant which has been sealed with both love and with blood? “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit.” (1 Peter 3:18, NIV)
Does God have the right to be angry? Does God have authority over all creation? Can God choose to stay silent? Is God not greater than any teacher, earthly king, or government? He is! Read the book of Job, listen to Solomon, and take heed from the word of God. God has all authority over the heaven and earth!
The LORD was very angry, take note when it says “the LORD”. He is the Lord over all, “Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for special purposes and some for common use?” (Romans 9:21, NIV) He creates, He has purpose, and He has plans for each thing He creates. He is the Lord of all lords and King of all kings. From Genesis to Revelation all things were created in Him, and all things have been created through Him and for Him (Colossians 1:16).
The LORD became angry because this nation (His people) has violated the covenant He ordained for their ancestors and has not listened to Him. They denied Him, betrayed Him, they stopped believing in Him, disobeyed Him, and no longer remembered all the good things He has given to them, from Eden to His Son. We are arrogant to the point that we want to be our own god, and to sit on the throne of our lives as king. How could anyone have the right to instruct the Lord concerning what to do or even know what to do (1 Corinthians 2:15)? How could those who do not listen and follow His commands, require Him to fulfill His convenient when they are the ones who have broken it? Are we spoiled and act like a child who puts their head under the pillow, rolls on the floor, and screams and whines trying to get what they want?
We have all been given promises and are encouraged by the Word of God, “The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.” (Psalm 103:8, NIV)
But please also remember, “The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil's work.” (1 John 3:8, NIV)
God does respond with His love, but one day, God will pour out His wrath upon those who do not believe (Disobey) as well.