January 30 - Judges 1:16-21

January 30 - Judges 1:16-21

16 And the descendants of the Kenite, Moses' father-in-law, went up with the people of Judah from the city of palms into the wilderness of Judah, which lies in the Negeb near Arad, and they went and settled with the people. 17 And Judah went with Simeon his brother, and they defeated the Canaanites who inhabited Zephath and devoted it to destruction. So the name of the city was called Hormah. 18 Judah also captured Gaza with its territory, and Ashkelon with its territory, and Ekron with its territory. 19 And the Lord was with Judah, and he took possession of the hill country, but he could not drive out the inhabitants of the plain because they had chariots of iron. 20 And Hebron was given to Caleb, as Moses had said. And he drove out from it the three sons of Anak. 21 But the people of Benjamin did not drive out the Jebusites who lived in Jerusalem, so the Jebusites have lived with the people of Benjamin in Jerusalem to this day.

We see again the people of Israel live to see God’s promises come to pass.  At times they were obedient and saw the blessings of God and at times they saw the consequences. 

Why do you think God was so specific with His instructions of running off or killing the prior inhabtants of the land?

Why do you think so often the people didn’t obey? 

What area of your life do you struffle to obey?

Is there anything in your life where you feel God has been harsh on you?  Ask Him today for wisdom to see His truth and follow His lead.  He always knows what is best.

Father, there are so many places in Your Word that I don’t always understand, but I know it isn’t about me understanding, but about me being obedient.  I must admit I find myself wanting to be able to reason things out before I follow You, and even as I am asking for understanding, I know obedience takes precedence over my rationalizing what You have asked me to do.  Help me know and understand Your will even when I don’t really “understand” Your will.  All I have to do is understand WHAT I am supposed to do, not understand the why.  Help me seek You and Your will, not my own.

In Jesus’ name.



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