A Devotional Journey through Judges
Go deeper in your time with the Lord day by day with this 250 page devotional. You could use this in conjunction with the free discussion guide with a group or as a stand alone devotional.
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My passion is to help women live on mission for the glory of God. After writing many small group bible study lessons for over 40 small groups, I under took writing a study that would take women through a book of the Bible yet in a very practical and encouraging way.
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Now it came about after the death of Joshua that the sons of Israel inquired of the LORD, saying, "Who shall go up first for us against the Canaanites, to fight against them?" And the LORD said, "Judah shall go up; behold, I have given the land into his hand." Then Judah said to Simeon his brother, "Come up with me into the territory allotted me, that we may fight against the Canaanites; and I in turn will go with you into the territory allotted you.” So Simeon went with him. (Judges 1:1-3)
The boundary lines had already been drawn up for each of the tribes to take the land. They just hadn't done it yet. So I love that even though their leader had died, they didn't give up on the mission. And more importantly, they didn't give up on turning to the Lord.
I find it interesting that they asked who should go up and fight. Because before this time, they all had worked together under one leader. Having worked together to fight, it's interesting that they assumed only one of the tribes should go. God had appointed Moses. Just one guy. And then God told Moses to appoint Joshua. Again, just one guy. But the Lord never told Joshua to appoint a successor. And what a gift because it allows us to see that God also uses ordinary people who aren’t appointed to be the head honcho.
So the Lord sends the tribe of Judah, and they ask the Simeonites to go with them. This brings a lot of questions to mind:
* Would you be willing to be the tribe not chosen for this great task?
* How would you react? Would you complain, criticize, or be jealous? Or take the route of self-pity?
* If in the tribe of Simeon, would you be willing to be an accompanist and take joy in helping the chosen tribe?
* Would you root whole-heartedly from the sidelines, knowing you still had a part to play?
The Lord is the One who knows who is best fit for each task. When I am not chosen or picked, Lord, remind me that You had a hand in it. That You have not overlooked or disregarded me; it's just that You have different plans. Lord, how does this relate to my daily life?
Have you been overlooked recently? Not appreciated or disregarded? Has someone else received the thing you were hoping for or was asked to do something you were hoping to be asked to do?
I've been there. Just know the Lord has not overlooked you. He has not disregarded you. He knows exactly what He is doing. So often we have to remind ourselves what's true: If the Lord is for me, who can be against me?
God radically loves you, and He is for you!
It helps to be proactive and give thanks in all things because it changes our attitudes. But having an attitude of thankfulness (such as thanking God for the other person getting _____) is only something that comes by the strength, perspective, and ability of His Spirit. The fruit of the Spirit—love (which is unselfishly choosing for another’s highest good), joy, peace, patience—are not something we can conjure up. They are born in our hearts as we remain connected to the Lord as a branch does to a vine. As we submit and yield to Him, we give Him freedom to allow His heart and perspective to be lived through us.
Lord, we are desperately dependent on You. We want to have a heart that pleases You and not be selfish, but apart from You, we can do nothing. Please produce in us a heart that is able to be grateful for not being chosen right now. A heart that is willing to do whatever You ask. A heart surrendered to You and willing to be aligned to Yours. Lord, You are pretty incredible, knowing everything and being patient even when we get tired of being overlooked. Your knowledge and patience are so comforting, Lord. Thank You for opening our eyes and showing us that about You!
"I love how Laura can take such a hard to understand book of the bible and break it down verse by verse to help you get a better understanding of what it all means and how you can apply it into your life. I really love how her books make you ask yourself deep questions about what's going on in your heart, or challenge you think of ways you could apply these things into your everyday life. This devotional is a great asset to studying the book of Judges and also a great devotional for your spiritual growth daily! She is one of my favorite authors and I encourage you to take time to check out this book and her other books as well!" Hope
I went through this study and loved every day of it! It took me through a book of the Bible - Judges - that I hadn't previously read and I was amazed by how much I was able to learn and grow from reading it! I loved that it was an in depth study with great personal stories, but each day was short enough that I was able to read it and still take time to pray and journal my answers to the personal application questions. I'm excited to go through this study again in the future because I know it'll be something that I can grow from again and again as it helps me dig into God's Word. I hope you enjoy this "Journey Through Judges" and that you are ready to learn some amazing truths about God's character and love for his people!" Natalie
"This Bible Study is a smart combination of challenging, relatable, and truly life-applicable material. The book of Judges in the Bible can seem overwhelming but Laura's writing and very specific breakdown of the characters and happenings makes everything crystal clear. I have grown so much in my walk with God through her questions, challenges, sharing, and intelligent writing. I look forward to my time in the word with the study as a tool!" Carly