December 7, 2018
December 07, 2018
Read: Judges 1
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Scripture- Judges 1:1-2“After the death of Joshua, the Israelites asked the Lord, “Which tribe should go first to attack the Canaanites?” The Lord answered, “Judah, for I have given them victory over the land.”
Observations- Transitions are not pain-free. Joshua’s leadership came to a natural ending, thus came the time for succession, but with a new setting that brought its own set of challenges. The conquer of the land was not a point in time but a process in time that clearly exceeded Joshua’s days on earth. So, today’s text is a good example of a new decision-making process that would introduce us to the fascinating world of Israelite’s Judges. From this point (1175 b.C), until the establishment of the monarchy (1030 b.C), leadership would be regional, instead of national.
Application- What do we do now? It’s the question asked whenever there is a leadership void. But apparently Israelites figured it out. They turned to God not to ask for the Land, because it had already been promised to them, they asked God for the procedure to conquer it instead. And this is a key truth we should understand; God’s promises should inform our faith and impact the way we pray. Then, trusting the promise, we pray for the process.
When Jesus ascended to Heavens to sit at the right hand of the Father, He sent His Holy Spirit to remind us and empower us to do… What?Make more and better followers for the transformation of the World. How?We reach, connect, grow and send them into their communities and the world, to share with others the good news of the Kingdom.
Prayer- Dear Lord, give us faith to face the challenges of every day’s life. Give us wisdom to go through the process and peace as we stand on your solid promise. In your Holy Name, Jesus, I pray, AMEN!