Topic: God may take away material belongings to reveal His will.
Later, during the time of the judges, when
“everyone did what was right in his own eyes”
(Judges 17:6), the nation of Israel fell into a cycle of idolatry and disobedience. At one point, God responded by bringing judgment through the Midianites, who devastated the land.
“They would encamp against them and destroy the produce of the earth as far as Gaza, and leave no sustenance for
Israel, neither sheep nor ox nor donkey” (6:4).
Only when God took away every material belonging did the Israelites cry out to Him and repent.