He does what He pleases

Reading through Judges, Ruth, 1 Samuel, etc, it is amazing to see how the Lord is involved. There is nothing too difficult for Him. He gives, He takes away, He sells, He delivers, He confounds, He kills, He makes alive, He prospers, He afflicts, He has mercy, He executes justice. He is perfect.

The Lord said, “Judah shall go up; behold, I have given the land into his hand.” – Judges 1:2

Then Judah went up and the Lord gave the Canaanites and the Perizzites into their hand, and they defeated 10,000 of them at Bezek. – Judges 1:4

Therefore the anger of the Lord was kindled against Israel, and he sold them into the hand of Cushan-rishathaim king of Mesopotamia. And the people of Israel served Cushan-rishathaim eight years. – Judges 3:8

But when the people of Israel cried out to the Lord , the Lord raised up a deliverer for the people of Israel, who saved them, Othniel the son of Kenaz, Caleb’s younger brother. – Judges 3:9

The Spirit of the Lord was upon him, and he judged Israel. He went out to war, and the Lord gave Cushan-rishathaim king of Mesopotamia into his hand. And his hand prevailed over Cushan-rishathaim. – Judges 3:10

And the people of Israel again did what was evil in the sight of the Lord , and the Lord strengthened Eglon the king of Moab against Israel, because they had done what was evil in the sight of the Lord . – Judges 3:12

And the Lord sold them into the hand of Jabin king of Canaan, who reigned in Hazor. The commander of his army was Sisera, who lived in Harosheth-hagoyim. – Judges 4:2

And she said, “I will surely go with you. Nevertheless, the road on which you are going will not lead to your glory, for the Lord will sell Sisera into the hand of a woman.” Then Deborah arose and went with Barak to Kedesh. – Judges 4:9

And the Lord routed Sisera and all his chariots and all his army before Barak by the edge of the sword. And Sisera got down from his chariot and fled away on foot. – Judges 4:15

the Lord sent a prophet to the people of Israel. And he said to them, “Thus says the Lord , the God of Israel: I led you up from Egypt and brought you out of the house of bondage. – Judges 6:8

So Jephthah crossed over to the Ammonites to fight against them, and the Lord gave them into his hand. – Judges 11:32

And the people of Israel again did what was evil in the sight of the Lord , so the Lord gave them into the hand of the Philistines for forty years. – Judges 13:1

Then she arose with her daughters-in-law to return from the country of Moab, for she had heard in the fields of Moab that the Lord had visited his people and given them food. – Ruth 1:6

The hand of the Lord was heavy against the people of Ashdod, and he terrified and afflicted them with tumors, both Ashdod and its territory. – 1 Samuel 5:6

“But now your kingdom shall not continue. The Lord has sought out a man after his own heart, and the Lord has commanded him to be prince over his people, because you have not kept what the Lord commanded you.” – 1 Samuel 13:14

And Samuel said to him, “The Lord has torn the kingdom of Israel from you this day and has given it to a neighbor of yours, who is better than you. – 1 Samuel 15:28

Then David inquired of the Lord again. And the Lord answered him, “Arise, go down to Keilah, for I will give the Philistines into your hand.” – 1 Samuel 23:4

And about ten days later the Lord struck Nabal, and he died. – 1 Samuel 25:38

And David became greater and greater, for the Lord , the God of hosts, was with him. – 2 Samuel 5:10

And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Uzzah, and God struck him down there because of his error, and he died there beside the ark of God. – 2 Samuel 6:7

I wonder what advanced looks like

“Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, and of instruction about washings, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. And this we will do if God permits.” – Hebrews 6:1-3

How many professing Christians understand the foundations that we are told to go beyond in this text?

How far I still have to go.

The ‘Therefore‘ is because of chapter 5, verses 11-14:

“About this we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.”

Constantly discerning between good and evil.