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Lord, I Don’t Want to do what “Seems Right” Judges 21:25


Today’s Scripture Reading: Judges 19:1-21:25

Heavenly Father, today’s reading was very troubling. How could people be that far gone?  How could they treat those women so inhumanly?

You gave us the explanation in Your Word:

In those days Israel had no king; all the people did whatever seemed right in their own eyes. —Judges 21:25

Lord, help me to never rely on what “seems right.”  Help me to filter my decisions through Your Word and not my experiences, the culture, or what others are doing.

Holy Spirit, speak loudly and teach me what is right.  Use Your Word to lead me!

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!


 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Ruth 1:1-4:12

Lord, Have You Left Me? –Judges 16:20

Today’s Scripture Reading: Judges 16:1-18:31

Heavenly Father, I know You will never leave me. Your Word tells me…

For God has said, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.” –Hebrews 13:5

But, the supernatural power You give us for the work of Your Kingdom is nothing to take for granted.  Samson’s life taught us that this power can be abused and can be taken away.

Then she cried out, “Samson! The Philistines have come to capture you!” When he woke up, he thought, “I will do as before and shake myself free.” But he didn’t realize the Lord had left him. –Judges 16:20

Father, Your Word is full of examples that confirm this.  One that comes to mind is the parable of the talents in Matthew 25:14-30.  

Your gifts and abilities are not to be taken lightly. Lord, help me to realize the gifts You give are precious and holy and intended to grow Your Kingdom; they’re not for my pleasure; they’re not for show.

Jesus, use me today.  Provide the power I need to accomplish Your will for my life; be with me every second.

In Your Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Judges 19:1-21:25

Lord, Thank You for the Lessons of Samson—Judges 14:6

Today’s Scripture Reading: Judges 11:29-15:20

Heavenly Father, there are many lessons in the life of Samson. Here are two from today’s reading that I’ve experienced in my life.

1. Lord, You create opportunities for me everyday. Sometimes You even use my emotions and desires to get Your will accomplished.

His father and mother objected. “Isn’t there even one woman in our tribe or among all the Israelites you could marry?” they asked. “Why must you go to the pagan Philistines to find a wife?”

But Samson told his father, “Get her for me! She looks good to me.” His father and mother didn’t realize the Lord was at work in this, creating an opportunity to work against the Philistines, who ruled over Israel at that time. —Judges 14:3-4

2.  Jesus, when You choose me for a spiritual assignment You will provide the Spirit-power for me to complete it.

As Samson and his parents were going down to Timnah, a young lion suddenly attacked Samson near the vineyards of Timnah. At that moment the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon him, and he ripped the lion’s jaws apart with his bare hands. He did it as easily as if it were a young goat. But he didn’t tell his father or mother about it. —Judges 14:5-6 

Lord, create opportunities for me today and come powerfully upon me to do Your will.

In Jesus’ Name. Amen and Amen

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Judges 16:1-18:31

Lord, Decide What is Right—Judges 11:27

Today’s Scripture Reading: Judges 9:22-11:28

Heavenly Father, there is so much I don’t understand. Our country is so polarized. Christians can’t even agree over the easy things, much less the hard ones. Lord, sometimes I just don’t know what is right. Thankfully, I’m not the judge but I am concerned. I do care.

Therefore, I have not sinned against you. Rather, you have wronged me by attacking me. Let the Lord, who is judge, decide today which of us is right—Israel or Ammon.” —Judges 11:27

Lord, show me what is right. Holy Spirit, give me a supernatural understanding of Your Word. Help me to stand strong. Help me to articulate Your Word to others.

Lord, I want to know You more.

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Judges 11:29-15:20

Lord, I Want To Be Brave–Judges 7:3


Today’s Scripture Reading: Judges 7:1-9:21

Heavenly Father, I know it takes bravery to serve You and be in Your army.  Serving You has never been for the faint-hearted.  Lord, in today’s reading You told Gideon to send home every warrior who was timid or afraid.

 

Therefore, tell the people, ‘Whoever is timid or afraid may leave this mountain

and go home.’” So 22,000 of them went home, leaving only 10,000 who

were willing to fight.  —Judges 7:3

Lord, it didn’t seem as though You were angry with those who went home; they were never mentioned again.

But…

They missed out.

 

They missed being a part of the miracle.

 

Jesus, Your miracles show up in the tough times.  Help me not to run from them.  Help me to stand strong and be brave.  Help me to look for your miracles in the hard things in life.

Lord, I don’t want to miss Your miracles.  I want a front row seat!

In Your Name I pray.  Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Judges 9:22-11:28

Lord, If You Are With Us, Why Has This Happened? Judges 6:13


Today’s Scripture Reading: Judges 3:31-6:40

Today’s prayer was written three years ago. I still pray this prayer for these special friends and anyone dealing with “why God?”

Heavenly Father, I’m so glad Gideon asked You this question.  It tells me it’s okay for me to ask You “why?”

Lord, my heart is breaking for my friends. They lost their child in a tragic accident.  I’m asking this question on their behalf today, “Lord, if You are with us why did this happened?”

“Sir,” Gideon replied, “if the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us? And where are all the miracles our ancestors told us about? Didn’t they say, ‘The Lord brought us up out of Egypt’? But now the Lord has abandoned us and handed us over to the Midianites.”  —Judges 6:13

Lord, You didn’t answer Gideon’s question and I don’t believe the answer to my “whys” will come while on this earth, but You did answer him:

Then the Lord turned to him and said, “Go with the strength you have, and rescue Israel from the Midianites. I am sending you!  —Judges 6:14

The Lord said to him, “I will be with you. And you will destroy the Midianites as if you were fighting against one man.  —Judges 6:16

Lord, we don’t know what this day holds, but we can take comfort in these three things:

  1. We have strength that we may not know we have
  2. God knows the situation He is allowing us to walk through; He knows we can get through it
  3. He will be with us

 

Father, help my friends to make it through the day!  Show us how to love and comfort them during these dark hours.  We are so grateful to know that You are welcoming this sweet young man into Your presence.  Jesus, thank You for eternal life.

We trust You.  Amen and Amen!

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Judges 7:1-9:21

Lord, Thank You for Your Merciful Ways! –Judges 2:18

Today’s Scripture Reading: Judges 1:1-3:30

Heavenly Father, Your mercy, patience, and long-suffering amaze me!  The Israelites are driving me crazy and I’m just reading about them!

After that generation died, another generation grew up who did not acknowledge the Lord or remember the mighty things he had done for Israel. The Israelites did evil in the Lord’s sight and served the images of Baal.  They abandoned the Lord, the God of their ancestors, who had brought them out of Egypt. They went after other gods, worshiping the gods of the people around them. And they angered the Lord.  They abandoned the Lord to serve Baal and the images of Ashtoreth. Judges 2:10-13

Lord, thank You so much for giving us the real story in Your Word.  The ups and downs of the Israelites give me so much hope.  Most days I am just like them.  Some days I’m probably worse.  As I read about You mercy it causes me to love You even more.  It lets me know it’s okay to ask for forgiveness–again.

Whenever the Lord raised up a judge over Israel, he was with that judge and rescued the people from their enemies throughout the judge’s lifetime. For the Lord took pity on his people, who were burdened by oppression and suffering. —Judges 2:18

Jesus, today’s reading reminded me of a song Will and Crystal Yates wrote and recorded called Merciful Ways.  As I sat and listened to the words my eyes filled with tears. Your mercy and kindness toward the Israelites was just the beginning of Your mercy.  Your death on the cross for me was the ultimate act of mercy.

Lord, help me to give as much mercy as I need to receive!  Give me a heart like Yours.

I thank you my God for Your merciful ways!

 

In Jesus’ Name!  Amen and Amen!


©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Judges 3:31-6:40

It Seemed Right… –Judges 21:25

Today’s Scripture Reading:  Judges 19:1 through Judges 21:25

If today’s reading was set to a movie I would not have watched it!  Just ask my hubby, if there’s blood, my head is under the blanket!  There were several times I was actually speaking to my Bible and saying, “you have got to be kidding me?”

But the last sentence explained everything:

In those days Israel had no king; all the people did whatever seemed right in their own eyes.  —Judges 21:25

I think the folks from the tribe of Benjamin, all the Israelites for that matter, were having problems with their world view.  My paraphrase of a biblical world view is filtering every decision we make large and small through the principles in the Word of God.

In today’s culture and even in today’s church we are proud to say that we live in a country that anyone can do whatever seems right in their own eyes…

I looked up the word “right” in two dictionaries:

Merrium-Webster’s Online Dictionary: qualities (as adherence to duty or obedience to lawful authority) that together constitute the ideal of moral propriety or merit moral approval.

Noah Webster’s 1828 Dictionary: In morals and religion, just; equitable; accordant to the standard of truth and justice or the will of God. That alone is right in the sight of God, which is consonant to his will or law; this being the only perfect standard of truth and justice. In social and political affairs, that is right which is consonant to the laws and customs of a country, provided these laws and customs are not repugnant to the laws of God. A man’s intentions may be right, though his actions may be wrong in consequence of a defect in judgment.

What a difference 185 years can make!  Friends, once again I’m so glad we’re taking this journey!  Reading through Word of God helps us to know what the standard of truth is and what is right in the eyes of God!

Father, I pray that You will be my King and my leader.  Show me what’s right in Your eyes.  I don’t want to do what “seems right” to me.  Help me throw away the lie that “right is in the eye of the beholder”!

Jesus, you are my King of Glory!

©2013, Dianne Guthmuller


Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  Ruth 1:1 through Ruth 4:12

What Will Be Your Finest Hour?

Today’s Scripture Reading:  Judges 16:1 through Judges 18:31

I have heard the story of Samson since I was a little kid. I’ve always thought Samson was missing a few brain cells.  He really did some dumb things:

  • Saw a Philistine woman and immediately wanted to marry her
  • Teased the young men at the wedding party with a riddle
  • After his fiancé’s insistence Samson tells her the answer to the riddle then gets mad when  the young men “guess” the answer
  • Goes down to Ashkelon, killed thirty men, took their belonging and gave their clothes to the men who had solved the riddle
  • Goes back home, leaves  his future wife to marry his best man
  • “Later on” goes to see his “wife” and gets made because she married his best man and tied 300 foxes tails together in pairs and fastened a torch to each pair of tails.  That day Samson burned the Philistines’ grain, vineyards and olive groves to the ground
  • Spent the night with a prostitute
  • Fell in love with another Philistine woman named Delilah
  • Teased Delilah with the key to his strength
  • The Philistines came in to take him three times and then he tells the secret to his strength knowing they would come again
  • Really thought he could still shake himself free after he lost his hair

Was Samuel really stupid or was there something more going on?

Here’s “the rest of the story”…

  • When her son was born, she names him Samson.  And the Lord blessed him as he grew up.  And the Spirit of the Lord began to stir him while he lived in Mahabeh-dan…  (14:24-25)
  • But Samson told his father, “Get her for me!  She looks good to me.”  His father and mother didn’t realize the Lord was at work in this, creating an opportunity to work against the Philistines, who ruled over Israel at that time.  (14: 3b-4)
  • At that moment the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon him, and he ripped the lion’s jaws apart with his bare hands.  (14:6)
  • Then the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon him.  He went down to the town of Ashkelon, killed thirty men, took their belongings, and gave their clothing to the men who had solved his riddle.  (14:19) 
  • As Samson arrived at Lehi, the Philistines came shouting in triumph.  But the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon Samson, and he snapped the ropes on his arms as if they were burnt strands of flax, and they fell from his wrists.  (15:14)
  • Samson was now very thirsty, and he cried out to the Lord, “You have accomplished this great victory by the strength of your servant.  Must I now die of thirst and fall into the hands of these pagans?  So God caused water to gush out of a hollow in the ground at Lehi, and Samson was revived as he drank.  (15:18-19)
  • Then Samson prayed to the Lord, “Sovereign Lord, remember me again.  O God, please strengthen me just one more time…” Then Samson put his hands on the two center pillars that held up the temple…so he killed more people when he died than he had during his entire lifetime.  (16:28-30)

Did you see it?

God used Samson to preserve the Israelite nation. Samson’s finest hour was his last hour.

Just one more time, I stand amazed at God’s ways!

Heavenly Father, Your ways are higher than our ways.  Help us to trust You when things we see don’t make sense.  Remind us that you don’t use the same scorekeeping system we humans use—it’s all about Your plan, Your ways, and Your will. Help us to know You are in charge of kings and kingdoms–The outcome is in Your hands!  Holy Spirit, strengthen us in the knowledge that when Your Spirit comes upon us we can do supernatural things.  Jesus, help us when we grieve the seemingly pre-mature loss of family and friends; give us hearts to understand that sometimes our finest hour in honoring and displaying Your Glory might just be in our passing from this life into Your arms.

Spirit of the Lord, come upon us. Use us today.

In Jesus Name, Amen!

©2013, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  Judges 19:1 through Judges 21:25

God Can Use Weirdness–Judges 14:3-4


Today’s Scripture Reading: Judges 11:29-15:20

Samson was just plain weird!  I don’t know, maybe he was just a big tease but he sure didn’t seem “normal” to me.

In my opinion Samson…

  • Seemed spoiled rotten and very demanding
  • Thought he was all that
  • Enjoyed making people look stupid

His father and mother objected. “Isn’t there even one woman in our tribe or among all the Israelites you could marry?” they asked. “Why must you go to the pagan Philistines to find a wife?” But Samson told his father, “Get her for me! She looks good to me.” –-Samson 14:3

But,

God

had

a

plan

for

Samson’s life.

In those days a man named Manoah from the tribe of Dan lived in the town of Zorah. His wife was unable to become pregnant, and they had no children.  The angel of the Lord appeared to Manoah’s wife and said, “Even though you have been unable to have children, you will soon become pregnant and give birth to a son.  So be careful; you must not drink wine or any other alcoholic drink nor eat any forbidden food. You will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and his hair must never be cut. For he will be dedicated to God as a Nazirite from birth. He will begin to rescue Israel from the Philistines.Judges 13:2-5

Do you ever give a judgmental look at people and think, “They’re just plain weird.  Surely, they’re not “God’s anointed?”

Samson’s poor parents.  It must have been so hard for them. They loved to play by the rules.  They even asked the Angel of the Lord about “the rules.”

So Manoah (Samson’s father) asked him (the Angel of the Lord) “When your words come true, what kind of rules should govern the boy’s life and work?” —Judges 13:12

Samson disobeyed rules for a hobby.

Samson’s parents must have been at their wit’s end because they didn’t know that God had a purpose for Samson’s weirdness.

His father and mother didn’t realize the Lord was at work in this, creating an opportunity to work against the Philistines, who ruled over Israel at that time. —Judges 14:4

Friends we need to be careful criticizing and judging “weirdness,” judging people who don’t act, think, or serve God like we do.  It may be for the Glory of God.

Father, give us grace to understand people who have different ways of doing life than we do.  Help us to realize, YOU made them.  They fit perfectly in YOUR plan for them.  You are God and we are not!

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

©2013, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Judges 16:1-18:31

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