We have good days and bad days and that’s why there is a need to store up thoughts that are good for the soul. These thoughts may come from sermons, blogs, Bible Study, etc. or photos may bring back memories that help get through the bad days. The photo above was taken when I went on a vacation to Lake Tahoe formed from a collection of water from melting snow to create this amazing lake.
Today, we will be reading Judges 12 to collect a reservoir of thoughts that are good for the soul. In today’s passage, both Gideon and Jephthah didn’t ask the Ephraimites to help fight the enemy and the Ephraimites expressed anger. Gideon and Jephthah each handled this resentment differently. Gideon explained to them that they had done just as much as he had done to defeat the Midianites. This seemed to make them happy. Jephthah on the other hand, told them that he did ask for their help but they didn’t respond. This did not quell their anger so they ended up fight against each other.
Throughout the history of Israel, they depended on good judges but there was a negative impact when a corrupt judge assumed leadership over the nation. It usually resulted in instability because the people were turned away from God. Rather than being dependent on the leadership of another person for spiritual stability, we should understand God’s Word so that we are each led by the Truth.
The take away for me in today’s passage is to allow for a way so that all can grow growing spiritually, be at peace with God, and admired by others. Aspire to apply the Word and become a leader by writing about how God’s Word can lead to achievement in your calling. Get the Good News out by working towards gaining followers that can help you and those around you.
Lord … we have good days and bad days but we gain each day a reservoir of good thoughts that provide for spiritual growth. We aspire to apply Your Word as we set aside this time for study and prayer. We feel Your presence and seek guidance for the tasks that need to be accomplished today. Amen.