Tuesday, September 8, 2015
Tuesday, September 8th: Judges 4-6, John 3:1-18 ~ Nathan
In Judges 4 we read how God gave victory to the Israelites, who were being oppressed by Jabin, the king of Canaan. The leader of Jabin's army, Sisera, was the only one from his army to escape the Israelites. He thought he was safe when got away from the battlefield and hid in the tent of Jael, an ally of Jabin's, only to be murdered with a tent peg while sleeping. Sisera thought he was safe and hidden from the Israelites, but God's will was done and Sisera died.
In chapter 6 the Israelites have rebelled against God and are in trouble again and need help. Here we read about Gideon, who was selected by God to save the Israelites from the Midianites, who were now oppressing Isreal. Gideon was somewhat like Moses in that after he was told by the angel from God that he was to save Isreal, he doubted himself and God's choice of using him. Gideon even goes so far as to test God twice to see if God really meant what he had said to Gideon.
I'm often amazed at the patience God has for us. God doesn't need to prove Himself, but He does anyway, and we still doubt what He says. Where in my life am I doubting God?
One area that comes to mind is our prayer requests. Some of them we have had for a long time and they still haven't been answered, do I still believe that God cares about these things and is working on them? The real answer is "yes, but I need to be reminded of this and keep carrying on. I'm thankful that God has patience with me when I doubt, and that He forgives me when I doubt.
(16)For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.  Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son
These verses are some of the most popular and we'll known verses from the Bible. They form in a lot of ways the backbone or basis of what the Christian life is, and what it's about.
The key one for me now is verse 17, it says that Jesus didn't come to judge but to save. So often I judge a person or a situation that someone is in, I need to remember that I'm not the judge, and the judging will come later. Now it's about saving. Keeping this in mind makes us better witnesses.