Encourage yourself and ask the Lord for counsel

Judges Bible Background

04.07.2019 – Old Testament: Jdg 20.22–23

To read the Bible in a year, read Judges 20–21 on April 7, In the year of our Lord Christ 2019

By Don Ruhl

How often have you been in a situation where you did not know what to do? Or how about when you gave every effort to defeat a problem, but you could not win? Why not do what the children of Israel did when they had to eliminate evil from the tribe of Benjamin?

And the people, that is, the men of Israel, encouraged themselves and again formed the battle line at the place where they had put themselves in array on the first day. Then the children of Israel went up and wept before the LORD until evening, and asked counsel of the LORD, saying, “Shall I again draw near for battle against the children of my brother Benjamin?” And the LORD said, “Go up against him.”

– Judges 20.22–23

Then they fought but Israel lost a couple of times before they finally won. Perhaps they needed to know the cost of going to war against a brother, but whatever the reason, they eventually succeeded because they sought the Lord’s counsel.

Questions:

  • What have you done in the past when you had to confront someone?
  • How often do you ask counsel of the Lord?

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