January 28 - Judges 1: 1-10

January 28 - Judges 1: 1-10

After the death of Joshua, the people of Israel inquired of the Lord, “Who shall go up first for us against the Canaanites, to fight against them?” The Lord said, “Judah shall go up; behold, I have given the land into his hand.” And Judah said to Simeon his brother, “Come up with me into the territory allotted to me, that we may fight against the Canaanites. And I likewise will go with you into the territory allotted to you.” So Simeon went with him. 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. They found Adoni-bezek at Bezek and fought against him and defeated the Canaanites and the Perizzites. Adoni-bezek fled, but they pursued him and caught him and cut off his thumbs and his big toes. And Adoni-bezek said, “Seventy kings with their thumbs and their big toes cut off used to pick up scraps under my table. As I have done, so God has repaid me.” And they brought him to Jerusalem, and he died there.

And the men of Judah fought against Jerusalem and captured it and struck it with the edge of the sword and set the city on fire. And afterward the men of Judah went down to fight against the Canaanites who lived in the hill country, in the Negeb, and in the lowland. 10 And Judah went against the Canaanites who lived in Hebron (now the name of Hebron was formerly Kiriath-arba), and they defeated Sheshai and Ahiman and Talmai.

The children of Israel inquired of the Lord before they went against the Canaanites.  Right there is the key to their success.  They asked God BEFORE they went.  How often do we move and then step back and talk to God about it?   

God is timeless and all knowing, so He is the only one who can guide us in the way we need.  He alone can see not only what is going to happen, but the part we will play in it and what will glorify Him. 

Why do we not stop and pray more often before we step out and risk so much by doing things without His direction?


Heavenly Father, Thank You for always being there ready to guide me.  I wish I could say I come to You even a tenth of the times I need to, but I seem to just lumber on and not stop and think about the impact what I’m doing has on me and my family, much less those in my life that are watching how I handle things, but how it impacts glorifying You.  That is my goal and I miss it and mess it up so often.  Forgive me Lord for how I take so much on myself and don’t inquire of You often enough.  Help me do better.  Help me keep my focus on You and You alone.

In Jesus’ name.



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