April 9 – Judges 20:12-18

April 9 – Judges 20:12-18

And the tribes of Israel sent men through all the tribe of Benjamin, saying, “What evil is this that has taken place among you? 13 Now therefore give up the men, the worthless fellows in Gieah, that we may put them to death and purge evil from Israel.” But the Benjaminites would not listen to the voice of their brothers, the people of Israel. 14 Then the people of Benjamin came together out of the cities to Gibeah to go out to battle against the people of Israel. 15 And the people of Benjamin mustered out of their cities on that day 26,000 men who drew the sword, besides the inhabitants of Gibeah, who mustered 700 chosen men. 16 Among all these were 700 chosen men who were left-handed; every one could sling a stone at a hair and not miss. 17 And the men of Israel, apart from Benjamin, mustered 400,000 men who drew the sword; all these were men of war.

18 The people of Israel arose and went up to Bethel and inquired of God, “Who shall go up first for us to fight against the people of Benjamin?” And the Lord said, “Judah shall go up first.”

At least they did go to God before they went to battle to ask Him for His battleplan.  How often do you go into battle without seeking God’s plan if you should fight and how you should fight?  Do you ever feel you’re fighting alone?  Maybe God doesn’t want you fighting because He has another plan.  Here it wasn’t the one harmed that was fighting, it was His nation.  Maybe God has rest planned for you and someone else to fight the battle, but you are too busy planning your fight to hear what He wants for you.  Rest in Him and let Him fight for you.


Heavenly Father, help me seek You and Your peace rather than seeking a fight.  I know You promise to always be there for me and fight for me, but sometimes I forget to just be still and enjoy Your presence and let You do the fighting.  I have to admit there are way too many times I am surrounded by noise and almost become addicted to it.  The TV, music, people, I sometimes can’t function in quiet because I’m not used to it and crave noise, but I know You want me to be still so I can hear Your voice, focus on You, and take time to love You.  Thank You so much for putting up with me.  I know I have to frustrate  You at times, but You love me so well.

In Jesus’ name.



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