April 11 – Judges 20:29-36

April 11 – Judges 20:29-36

29 So Israel set men in ambush around Gibeah. 30 And the people of Israel went up against the people of Benjamin on the third day and set themselves in array against Gibeah, as at other times. 31 And the people of Benjamin went out against the people and were drawn away from the city. And as at other times they began to strike and kill some of the people in the highways, one of which goes up to Bethel and the other to Gibeah, and in the open country, about thirty men of Israel. 32 And the people of Benjamin said, “They are routed before us, as at the first.” But the people of Israel said, “Let us flee and draw them away from the city to the highways.” 33 And all the men of Israel rose up out of their place and set themselves in array at Baal-tamar, and the men of Israel who were in ambush rushed out of their place from Maareh-geba. 34 And there came against Gibeah 10,000 chosen men out of all Israel, and the battle was hard, but the Benjaminites did not know that disaster was close upon them. 35 And the Lord defeated Benjamin before Israel, and the people of Israel destroyed 25,100 men of Benjamin that day. All these were men who drew the sword. 36 So the people of Benjamin saw that they were defeated.


Why do you think there was such a delay in Israel having some success? 

Have you ever felt God delayed answering Your prayer?  What do you think it means when God delays answering?  Does it always mean no?  Could it mean we aren’t ready, or have something to learn?  God’s timing is always perfect.

When have you had a delay in receiving an answer but found God was working all along to bring you to a perfect place?  What did you learn during the delay?


Heavenly Father, I hate delays, but I know some delays are inevitable and some are absolutely necessary and for our own good, but since patience isn’t my strong suit, I have to admit I wish I could understand better the reason for delays.  I have to admit although I know in my head that You always do what is best, my heart sometimes doesn’t travel in the same way and I get frustrated.  Help me be better about staying focused on You and Your resolution rather than depending on myself and what I can do and understand.  My understanding is so limited, but for some reason I think I can work things out.  Help me see Your truth, and be patient to follow it.

In Jesus’ name.



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