March 17 – Judges 12:8-13

March 17 – Judges 12:8-13

After him Ibzan of Bethlehem judged Israel. He had thirty sons, and thirty daughters he gave in marriage outside his clan, and thirty daughters he brought in from outside for his sons. And he judged Israel seven years. 10 Then Ibzan died and was buried at Bethlehem.

11 After him Elon the Zebulunite judged Israel, and he judged Israel ten years. 12 Then Elon the Zebulunite died and was buried at Aijalon in the land of Zebulun.

13 After him Abdon the son of Hillel the Pirathonite judged Israel. 14 He had forty sons and thirty grandsons, who rode on seventy donkeys, and he judged Israel eight years. 15 Then Abdon the son of Hillel the Pirathonite died and was buried at Pirathon in the land of Ephraim, in the hill country of the Amalekites.

These verses share three additional judges who judged Israel for different periods of time, died and were buried.  What is our takeaway from these verses and this chapter?  God desired that his judges be spirit led.  When our lives are spirit led we seek humility and meekness during conflict.   

Are you in the midst of conflict with another? 

Perhaps it’s with your spouse, relative, friend or maybe even yourself. 

God desires to commune with us.  He wants our lives filled with joy, peace and comfort.  It’s only through him that these areas of hope can coexist in the midst of a sinful world and nature.  What steps can you begin today to mend a conflict and restore a relationship and enjoy the intended peace and joy God has for you?

Heavenly Father,

Conflict is a part of life.  Having conflict doesn’t mean I have failed, but how I handle it is what shows who I am.  Help me lean into You rather than my own understanding when I have conflict.  I know there are some relationships that aren’t healthy for me.  Help me be able to let go when You ask me to walk away.  I always think about what Jesus said at the last supper about problems.  He said, when you have trouble, not if…I know there is trouble in life.  The enemy sees to that.  Help me remember to keep You as the focus of all I do.  Help me love You more every day.

In Jesus’ name.



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