• Judges 12:1-14:20

A hot topic in my mind is this: whom shall I trust? Amazed again at God’s tenderness to bring forth scripture to speak to my questions, Judges 12 begins with something akin to that theme.

“And Jephthah said to them, “My people and I were in a great struggle with the people of Ammon; and when I called you, you did not deliver me out of their hands. So when I saw that you would not deliver me, I took my life in my hands and crossed over against the people of Ammon; and the Lord delivered them into my hand. Why then have you come up to me this day to fight against me?” –Judges 12:2-3, NKJV

Jephthah trusted men to deliver him and found those men wanting. He sought protection from those who would not provide it. The disappointment fierce within him, he decided to go another way. He struck out on his own and the Lord delivered him.

Struggles of faith seem to come back to whom we will trust. In placing my trust in another human to deliver or protect, I find myself disappointed again and again. Yes, we should look out for one another, but to place a person’s protection ahead of seeking God’s protection squeals of unfaithfulness. God alone can protect us, so He alone must be Whom we seek when we align ourselves with man. Oh that I may remember this more.

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