Judges – Perseverance in Christianity
(Passage: Judges 20)
The tribe of Benjamin rebelled against the remaining eleven tribes of Israel and insinuated a civil war. The eleven tribes who remained united asked God for strategy to use against their rebel brothers, and he gave them some specific instructions to follow. However, the united Israel lost the battle because they failed to closely follow their God-given strategy. Meanwhile, they were not discouraged. They improved on how to follow God’s instruction until they succeeded in their third attempt. The united Israelites conquered Benjamin’s tribe and brought them to their knees. The scripture reported how Israelites conquered their revolting Tribe of Benjamin.
It is reported,
“But when the cloud began to rise from the city in a column of smoke, the Benjamites looked behind them, and there was the whole city going up in smoke to heaven. And when the men of Israel turned back, the men of Benjamin panicked, for they saw that disaster had come upon them. Therefore they turned their backs before the men of Israel in the direction of the wilderness; but the battle overtook them, and whoever came out of the cities they destroyed in their midst. They surrounded the Benjamites, chased them, and easily trampled them down as far as the front of Gibeah toward the east. And eighteen thousand men of Benjamin fell; all these were men of valor. Then they turned and fled toward the wilderness to the rock of Rimmon; and they cut down five thousand of them on the highways. Then they pursued them relentlessly up to Gidom, and killed two thousand of them. So all who fell of Benjamin that day were twenty-five thousand men who drew the sword; all these were men of valor” (Judges 20:40-46).
Lesson on Perseverance
God still leads people today; he leads his children to take appropriate steps that will benefit their lives. However, things may sometimes work in contrary when we do not follow God’s instructions to the letter. Notwithstanding, believers should not be discouraged when they don’t have an expected result. Christians should summon courage to understand God’s instructions well and carefully follow them. We must not hesitate to consult God over and over again until we have an expected solution. Our heavenly Father will definitely respond to our cries. He will answer our prayers and guide us unto all victories.
Dear God, please teach me how to duly follow your instructions so that I can have my expected victories. Help me to follow when you lead. Please help me to live in victory everyday of my life. For in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen.