March 7 – Judges 9:42-49

March 7 – Judges 9:42-49

42 On the following day, the people went out into the field, and Abimelech was told. 43 He took his people and divided them into three companies and set an ambush in the fields. And he looked and saw the people coming out of the city. So he rose against them and killed them. 44 Abimelech and the company that was with him rushed forward and stood at the entrance of the gate of the city, while the two companies rushed upon all who were in the field and killed them. 45 And Abimelech fought against the city all that day. He captured the city and killed the people who were in it, and he razed the city and sowed it with salt.

More death and destruction, all in pursuit of power. So much blood has been shed and to what purpose? God is in control and it seems the Israelites are continuing to struggle instead of going to God and seeking his plan and his provision. I laugh. Where do I find myself daily? Am I struggling as well, simply because I refuse to surrender to his plan? There are days like this for me and I am sure you have had days like this as well. Ask God right now to end the struggle and wrap you in his arms. Oh, the peace and comfort of our God.

Heavenly Father, how often do I find myself scrambling around, fighting the enemy, and never consulting You or asking for protection from You.  I might be fighting without a reason or even realize who I’m fighting because I’m just reacting or I might be organized and methodical with a great plan, but without You as my leader, whatever I do will fail eventually.  Only the plans You give me and when You guide me can I find success.  Help me keep You as my focus and my strength in everyday battles as well as those long term struggles that seem to be overwhelming.  I want You to be my guide.

In Jesus’ name.




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