March 12 – Judges 11:12-17

March 12 – Judges 11:12-17

12 Then Jephthah sent messengers to the king of the Ammonites and said, “What do you have against me, that you have come to me to fight against my land?” 13 And the king of the Ammonites answered the messengers of Jephthah, “Because Israel on coming up from Egypt took away my land, from the Arnon to the Jabbok and to the Jordan; now therefore restore it peaceably.” 14 Jephthah again sent messengers to the king of the Ammonites 15 and said to him, “Thus says Jephthah: Israel did not take away the land of Moab or the land of the Ammonites, 16 but when they came up from Egypt, Israel went through the wilderness to the Red Sea and came to Kadesh. 17 Israel then sent messengers to the king of Edom, saying, ‘Please let us pass through your land,’ but the king of Edom would not listen. And they sent also to the king of Moab, but he would not consent. So Israel remained at Kadesh.


In these scriptures we see Jephthah sending messengers to the king of the Ammonites asking why he is wants to fight?  Jephthah tries to negotiate and reason with the king.  He explains that past requests to cross through Kadesh were denied thus leaving the Israelistes to remain in Kadesh.  We’ve all encountered roadblocks and unexpected occurrences in life forcing us to make decisions that were not our original plans.  *When life throws a “curve ball” at you, how do you respond?  Who do you turn to?  I often try to resolve matters in my own hands.  Other times when I seek for God’s guidance, I might try to rush him or lend him a hand.  Try to make God your ‘first responder’ as you pray and wait for discernment in life situations.  

Heavenly Father, help me take the high road when life throws a curve ball at me.  Protect me from myself when my thoughts are taking me down a road that will lead to saying or doing something I shouldn’t say or do.  I can’t control other’s thoughts, actions or words, but I can remove myself from situations that are unhealthy.  Help me to make wise decisions on who I spend my time  with and how I react to others.  Help those around me see truth about me and not believe the lies that the enemy puts before them.  Help me come to You first and rely on You and You alone for discernment.

In Jesus’ name.



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