Who Asked you to do This? (Judges 9-12)

30 And Jephthah made a vow to the Lord and said, “If you will give the Ammonites into my hand, 31 then whatever[e] comes out from the doors of my house to meet me when I return in peace from the Ammonites shall be the Lord‘s, and I will offer it[f] up for a burnt offering. Judges 11:30-31

I so appreciate when people do acts of kindness to others.  I am always humbled when others do acts of kindness toward my family.  In these days of extreme crisis there are many who are doing acts of kindness and they deserve our deepest thanks and prayers.

This morning, I asked the Lord, “What do you want me to do today?”  Maybe you wonder, why would I do such a thing?  This is what my Lord taught me to do when He gave His disciples a model for prayer.  In the prayer Jesus said we should pray, “Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.”

In these days of crisis we are moved by many things.  We want to help in anyway we can.  However, we know we cannot do everything. So we wonder what are we called to do? Let me say this again, we are to ask the Lord, what do you want me to do.

In Judges 11 we read the tragic story of a Judge in Israel who out of zeal made a deal (a Vow) before God.  This Judge said, Lord if you give me victory over our enemies, I will commit into your hands whatever first comes out of my house.  If you have read the text you know that this Judges only daughter was the first to come out of his house.

Now I really do not know exactly what this meant because the Bible does not clarify if she was to remain a virgin all of her life or if she was to be sacrificed.  The point is, the Judge made a vow and he kept his vow.

But here is the catch:  Who asked the Judge to make a vow?  God never said, the Judge needed to make a vow before He would grant the Judge  victory.  Let me go deeper, no where in Scripture does God say, make a deal with me and I will bless you.

The actual opposite has happened.  Jesus came to give His life for people who would not follow Him and who had not loved Him.  The God I serve leads me to follow Him out of love and not because I want to get something.

This day, I do not know if CV-19 will hit my biological family or my church family.  But this I do know, my God loves me and if CV-19 comes, my God will see us through with either life here or life in Heaven.  Either way you and I serve a great God!!!

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