“Please give me some water,” he said. “I’m thirsty.” So she gave him some milk from a leather bag and covered him again. “Stand at the door of the tent,” he told her. “If anybody comes and asks you if there is anyone here, say no.”
Devotion by Chris Shiver
This snippet from a rare Old Testament story of women who took initiative and leadership, is also like many of the stories in the ancient scriptures one of violence and retribution. When we read these stories that either state or imply that God is in favor of large scale killing and destruction, revenge & even genocide I can understand why many people ask why they should worship such a deity – I myself in my earlier years was one of those asking those same questions. But then I came to know God through the love, grace & mercy of Jesus, the one sent to us to help us see that all of our violent and destructive tendencies are really from us and are part of our human nature. My belief is that the Old Testament reflects the direction people tend to go when they rely on their own nature, and the scriptures concerning Jesus and his followers show what is possible when we all, male, female or otherwise, look to God for direction and inspiration.
Jesus, I pray that you will always help me to overcome the negative aspects of my human nature, with the grace, mercy and love that come from God. Amen.