Scriptuere Reading: Judges 3:1-2
Now these are the nations which the LORD left, to prove Israel by them, even as many of Israel as had not known all the wars of Canaan; Only that the generations of the children of Israel might know, to teach them war, at the least such as before knew nothing thereof;
Reflections: In the conquest of Canaan, God deliberately did not allow the people of Israel to conquer the cities that made up the entire territory at once. Israel was therefore engaged in warfare from one generation to the other. This provided each generation with the opportunity to learn the art of warfare which was exactly what God wanted. The whole idea for this design of living was to get Israel dependent on God all the time. The presence of warfare in one’s life is, therefore, a blessing in disguise. Like the people of Israel, spiritual warfare is not an option for you (Ephesians 6:10-18). As you depend on God to give you victory, you automatically get your relationship with him strengthened. Warfare is a blessing in disguise!
Prayer: Dear Lord, help me to appreciate the necessity of spiritual warfare and to adhere to its principles.
Confession: The presence of warfare makes me conscious of my fellowship with God.