April 10 – Judges 20:19-28

April 10 – Judges 20:19-28

19 Then the people of Israel rose in the morning and encamped against Gibeah. 20 And the men of Israel went out to fight against Benjamin, and the men of Israel drew up the battle line against them at Gibeah. 21 The people of Benjamin came out of Gibeah and destroyed on that day 22,000 men of the Israelites. 22 But the people, the men of Israel, took courage, and again formed the battle line in the same place where they had formed it on the first day. 23 And the people of Israel went up and wept before the Lord until the evening. And they inquired of the Lord, “Shall we again draw near to fight against our brothers, the people of Benjamin?” And the Lord said, “Go up against them.”

24 So the people of Israel came near against the people of Benjamin the second day. 25 And Benjamin went against them out of Gibeah the second day, and destroyed 18,000 men of the people of Israel. All these were men who drew the sword. 26 Then all the people of Israel, the whole army, went up and came to Bethel and wept. They sat there before the Lord and fasted that day until evening, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the Lord. 27 And the people of Israel inquired of the Lord (for the ark of the covenant of God was there in those days, 28 and Phinehas the son of Eleazar, son of Aaron, ministered before it in those days), saying, “Shall we go out once more to battle against our brothers, the people of Benjamin, or shall we cease?” And the Lord said, “Go up, for tomorrow I will give them into your hand.”


Do you ever feel abandoned because you are doing what you believe God has for you to do, but you aren’t seeing success?

Why do you think God allows us to suffer failure, even when we are following Him?

What can you do when you find yourself in the midst of what seems like a losing battle?


Heavenly Father, help me see Your will for me.  Help me clearly hear Your voice.  Help me understand that You and You alone see the entire picture and even when I find myself in the midst of failure, it doesn’t mean You have abandoned me.  I know that success requires a certain amount of failure to learn, but I must admit I get so discouraged when things seem to be working against me.  Help me find encouragement in You.  Help me remember that Satan hates it when I am in Your will and fights against me.  I know that sometimes when I lose a battle I feel like I’ve lost the war, but I know You win, and when You win, I win.  I want to desire what You want and know is best.  Help me bring my attitude under Your will. 

In Jesus’ name.



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