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

Lord, Teach Me to Cling Tightly–Joshua 23:8


Today’s Scripture Reading: Joshua 22:1-24:33

Heavenly Father, Joshua gave the Israelites some amazing advice:

Rather, cling tightly to the Lord your God as you have done until now. —Joshua 23:8

As I thought about that advice I wondered, “Exactly how do I do that?”

Then I remembered Joshua’s words in the previous chapter…

But be very careful to obey all the commands and the instructions that Moses gave to you.

  • Love the Lord your God
  • Walk in all his ways
  • Obey his commands,
  • Hold firmly to him
  • And serve him with all your heart and all your soul. —Joshua 22:5

 

Lord, I want to  “clinging tightly” to You. Teach me, help me and please “cling tightly” to me; don’t ever let me go!

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

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

Lord, I Believe All of Your Promises Will Be Fulfilled–Joshua 21:45

 

Today’s Scripture Reading: Joshua 19:49-21:45; 1 Chronicles 6:54-81

Heavenly Father, I am so encouraged by Your Word.  I am amazed by You, overwhelmed by Your love for me and excited about my future in Your Kingdom!

Lord, Your Word tells me that You never play favorites.

Then Peter replied, “I see very clearly that God shows no favoritism. —Acts 10:34

The promises You made in the Bible are for me!  When my life on this earth is over I will be able to say with the children of Israel:

Not a single one of all the good promises the Lord had given

to the [family of Israel] <——

was left unfulfilled; everything he had spoken came true.  –Joshua 21:45

Jesus, thank You for Your Word!  Thank You for Your promises!

In Your Name I pray.  Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Joshua 22:1-24:33


Lord, Forgive Me for Being a Slacker—Joshua 18:1-3

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Joshua 18:1-19:48

Heavenly Father, when I read these verses today I thought, “why did they wait?”

Now that the land was under Israelite control, the entire community of Israel gathered at Shiloh and set up the Tabernacle. But there remained seven tribes who had not yet been allotted their grants of land.

Then Joshua asked them, “How long are you going to wait before taking possession of the remaining land the Lord, the God of your ancestors, has given to you? —Joshua 18:1-3

I did some investigating and the word wait in this verse means “to be slack.”  A slacker is a person who habitually avoids work or lacks work ethic.

Lord, so the reason these seven tribes had not taken possession of their land was because they were lazy? At first, I thought maybe they were afraid, but there’s no mention of it. Wow! Being a slacker isn’t just a 21st century phenomenon!

Lord, I’m not an habitual slacker but I do have times when I’ve not done what You wanted me to for the day, just because I didn’t want to make the effort. Calling people on the phone and writing cards and letters are some of the things I procrastinate on the most. It scares me to think of the opportunities I missed, the things I could have done to bring glory to You, if only I would have followed through on the “God thought” that walked through my mind. Lord, forgive me.

Lord, I can’t do EVERYTHING but I would like to do what You want me to do today. Holy Spirit, show me and help me to do it and not be a slacker!

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

 

 ©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Joshua q9:49-21:45, 1 Chronicles 6:54-81

Lord, I’m Feeling Defeated—Joshua 17:16-18

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Joshua 15:20-17:18

Heavenly Father, some days we just feel defeated. Some days the world seems too hard, the opposition seems too strong:

The descendants of Joseph responded, “It’s true that the hill country is not large enough for us. But all the Canaanites in the lowlands have iron chariots, both those in Beth-shan and its surrounding settlements and those in the valley of Jezreel. They are too strong for us.”

Then Joshua said to the tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh, the descendants of Joseph, “Since you are so large and strong, you will be given more than one portion. The forests of the hill country will be yours as well. Clear as much of the land as you wish, and take possession of its farthest corners. And you will drive out the Canaanites from the valleys, too, even though they are strong and have iron chariots.” Joshua 17:16-18

Holy Spirit, remind us today that You are never defeated, life is never to hard for You, and You are stronger than all our opposition. Help us to look at life’s challenges and think, “That’s nothing for my God!”

Lord, we trust You!

In Jesus’ Name. Amen and Amen!

 

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Joshua 18:1-19:48

Lord, I Want a Different Attitude–Joshua 14:12


Today’s Scripture Reading: Joshua 12:7-15:19

 

Heavenly Father, I want a “different attitude.”

But my servant Caleb has a different attitude than the others have. He has remained loyal to me, so I will bring him into the land he explored. His descendants will possess their full share of that land. –Numbers 14:24

Lord, I want to “wholeheartedly” follow You.

So that day Moses solemnly promised me, ‘The land of Canaan on which you were just walking will be your grant of land and that of your descendants forever, because you wholeheartedly followed the Lord my God.’ –Joshua 14:9

Lord, I want to be able to confidently say, “Lord, I did what You asked of me, please bring the things You promised to fulfillment.

So when Caleb said, So give me the hill country that the Lord promised me. You will remember that as scouts we found the descendants of Anak living there in great, walled towns. —Joshua 14:12

Lord, this is just one more reason we need to read Your Word–it’s full of Your promises; promises for all of Your children.  If we don’t know what You’ve promised, how will we know to claim them.

Father, today I’m believing You to bring a promise to fulfillment that You put in my heart many years ago.  Lord, give me my mountain!

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Devotion: Joshua 15:20-17:18

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