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Don't you just love stories! Story helps me feel like I'm there, like I can understand and feel what the people might be going through. That's why I love Judges so much. Story after story of God intersecting lives. So, in bite size pieces I've been writing my way through Judges sharing glimpses of God's heart and character. To check out the entire series so far head on over the the Judges Devotional.
Communicating Reveals the Heart of God
Judges 11:12-28 shows us Jephthah's first action was to send messengers to the king of Ammon asking him to explain why he was doing what he was doing. The king responded by saying Israel has stolen the land 300 years prior. Jephthah then gives it to him straight. He tells him they had not stolen the land they had captured it which the Lord helped them do. And then he questions why they waited 300 years and brings it back to the reality that he is fighting against the Lord. Diplomacy failed and Jephthah prepares for battle.
He went to great lengths to communicate. That reminds me of God. He's such a gentle truth speaker. But yet doesn't get walked all over. He was continually telling the Israelites to turn to Him and forsake other gods but when they wouldn't budge, what was required was disciplinary action.
Communicating displays God's heart and character to the people around us. When we get to the bottom of things without assuming and ask questions. When we share our thoughts, feelings, wants and actions it clears away misconceptions and makes a way for truth.
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What an important truth you convey here: that honest communication "displays God's heart and character to the people around us, when we get to the bottom of things without assuming and ask questions." The key (negative) word here is "assuming." How much trouble and pain and ongoing sin could be avoided if we wouldn't just *assume,* but ask the questions that get at the truth!
2/10/2012 05:49:19 am
I'm really enjoying this series on Judges. I am so thankful that God is a gentle truth teller, but He doesn't get walked all over either. I also appreciate the way you highlighted the appeal to diplomacy first, then might. There is such wisdom is Scripture.
8/8/2012 03:47:26 pm
Communication is the exchange of thoughts, messages, or information.Communication is the exchange and flow of information and ideas from one person to another; it involves a sender transmitting an idea.Thanks for the FANTASTIC post! This information is reallygood and thanks a ton for sharing it
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