Sometimes we are positioned to make life altering decisions. When that time comes, do we ponder and worry, call a friend, or go to God? Being a thinker, I used to worry and call friends for advice often. Then, I would seek out God for assistance. I had my steps all out of order. Me not going to God first was more of a sign that I had a limited view of him.
Judges 11 tells the story of Jephthah. I won’t give all the specifics, but I will give a very brief overview about a decision he had to make. He was called upon by the elders of Gilead to defend them against the Ammonites. The Ammonites wanted to fight the Israelites over land that they claimed was stolen by the Israelites after they left Egypt. Jephthah had a different version of how the Israelites acquired the land and it involved receiving an inheritance from God. This is where the dilemma arose. Jephthah could have reacted and simply sent his people into war, but he did something so profound.
In verse 27, he sends a message to the King of Ammon and he basically tells him he is wrong for trying to go to war. He continues by calling upon God to be the judge of this situation between the Israelites and Ammonites. The King disregarded Jephthah’s message, but God visited Jephthah. Jephthah makes a vow with God. Then, he moves forward and fights the Ammonites. Verse 32 says God delivers the Ammonites into the hands of the Israelites resulting in a great defeat.
There’s more to this story, but I just want us to reflect on how Jephthah called on God to be the judge in the situation. When I read this, I thought about all the times I would sit allowing my thoughts to run wild when I could have simply called on God really handle situations that required a decision to be made. Jephthah didn’t make an emotional decision. He took a faith action by calling on God.
I know there are numerous times God has functioned as a judge in the the Bible, but this was special because Jephthah and the Israelites were victorious as a result of asking God to be the judge.
Today, think about the decisions you need to make. There may be numerous voices concerning the issue, but I challenge you to write it down and ask God to be the judge. He’s the all-knowing expert who is waiting for us to seek his counsel, so call on him and let him give you victory over your situation.