Here's the scripture that stuck this week:
Judges 20:19-26 The Message
19-21 The People of Israel got up the next morning and camped before Gibeah. The army of Israel marched out against Benjamin and took up their positions, ready to attack Gibeah. But the Benjaminites poured out of Gibeah and devastated twenty-two Israelite divisions on the ground.
22-23 The Israelites went back to the sanctuary and wept before God until evening. They again inquired of God, "Shall we again go into battle against the Benjaminites, our brothers?"
God said, "Yes. Attack."
24-25 The army took heart. The men of Israel took up the positions they had deployed on the first day.
On the second day, the Israelites again advanced against Benjamin. This time as the Benjaminites came out of the city, on this second day, they devastated another eighteen Israelite divisions, all swordsmen.
26 All the People of Israel, the whole army, were back at Bethel, weeping, sitting there in the presence of God. That day they fasted until evening. They sacrificed Whole-Burnt-Offerings and Peace-Offerings before God.We live in a culture, especially in churches, where if something doesn't work to our liking, or our expectations, we look for something that might "work better". This is not only true for church leaders, but also of church attendees who hop from church to church not realizing that they're the actual problem. This is simply a business mentality, and we must guard against it. When the Israelites were beat, they went back to God, even though they were down and weeping. They didn't look for another god to help them, they went back to Him. So, in our lives, we must wait on the Lord. That will give us strength and victory.
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