“…..And the Lord said, go up, for tomorrow I will deliver them into your hand.” Judges 20:28 (Amplified)
In studying on fasting, this verse was part of a chapter that involved a murder (situation), between two parties (conflict), the Lord’s involvement (guidance) and the outcome (victory).
In verse 18 of the chapter it says that the men went before the Lord to ask Him what they should do to resolve the situation. The Lord told them to send the first group out to do battle. That was not successful and men died. In verse 23 of the chapter it says that the men went before the Lord and wept asking Him what they should do to resolve the situation. He told them to continue the fight. They were not successful and men died. In verse 26 of the chapter they again went before the Lord, wept, fasted and gave offerings asking Him what they should do to resolve the situation. That takes us to our verse today, He gave them the victory.
First they went, then they wept, then finally they fasted and made offerings to the Lord. So is this the formula for victory? While I don’t think there is a certain formula to make God act a certain way, this surely tells us something.
No 1 – They went to God, it all starts there. No 2 – Even after the defeat, they went back to God, but were more urgent about it, they wept. No 3 – Again, even though they were defeated, they remained faithful to God and trusted Him. This time they fasted and gave offerings to the Lord. They asked Him if they should continue the fight or quit. He gave them the victory.
What this says to me is that sometimes I give up too soon. We pray and expect an immediate answer from God. We must continue seeking Him and more fervently each time, but we must remain faithful to trust that He will answer.
As you seek to draw closer to God this lenten season do so fervently, increasing your desire to draw closer to him. You will see Him working in your life situations when you do.