Prayer Focus: Cambodia

Bible Reading: Judges 2-5

Scripture –   Now Deborah, a prophet, the wife of Lappidoth, was leading Israel at that time.  She held court under the Palm of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in the hill country of Ephraim, and the Israelites went up to her to have their disputes decided. (Judges 4:4-5)

Observation-  With the death of Joshua, the people of Israel began a series of sinning against God, being subdued by the enemies that were around them, repenting and crying out for help, God bringing about a Judge to deliver them and bring them back to him, only to have the cycle repeated again.  In the fourth chapter we have a prophet named Deborah that shared a message of the Lord that the tribes of Naphtali and Zebulun should ready for battle against the Moabites.  As in other battles in the Old Testament, most of the work was done by God before the armies ever clashed.  Indeed many of the enemy fled before the battle had begun.

Application – God shows infinite patience with Israel, time and time again, rescuing them from their falling off.  I often marvel that he kept coming to their aid when they repented and called on his name.  I’m also very thankful that he did continue to love them and care for them, because that means he will continue to love and care for me, no matter how often I sin and fall away, he will still forgive me and welcome me into his goodness.  The flip side of this is that God judged their nation and when they failed to obey and follow him, bad things occurred.  I see this as an alarm bell sounding, and a call to our nation to come back to God.  He didn’t go anywhere, the Israelites moved away from him.  He hasn’t gone anywhere now, but as a nation, we have moved away from him.

Prayer – Dear Lord and Father, Help us to draw close to you and to do your will.  Help us to know your will and give us the heart to abide with you.  Bless our church, our county, our state, our country and our world. Help in our weakness to hear your word and obey.