I was reading in Judges just now and noticed something that jumped out at me. (I shared this in the Faith Grows bible study group but I thought I’d share here too ) I find it so interesting that TWICE in the first 4 verses of chapter 3, Judges mentions “testing” and teaching the Israelites.
Judges 3:2 says, “(he did this only to teach warfare to the descendants of the Israelites who had not had previous battle experience)” This reminded me of when Paul wrote about our we are in spiritual warfare and we need to put on the full armor of God.
If we are never tested, we can never be taught, so we will never learn.
We may not be in a physical war by that doesn’t mean we aren’t at war and if we want to be on guard and not be deceived by the enemy, we have to stay focused on Jesus and stay connected to the Holy Spirit by submitting to God and his word in our daily lives, no matter how difficult it may be. James 1:2-4 says, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,a whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” Romans 5:1-5 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, wea have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And web boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but wec also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. Ephesians 6:10-17 “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil co