Judges 1: Accept the Delivery
The tribe of Judah was specifically chosen by God to lead the charge against the Canaanites in Judges chapter 1.
Jdg 1:1 Now after the death of Joshua it came to pass, that the children of Israel asked the LORD, saying, Who shall go up for us against the Canaanites first, to fight against them?
Jdg 1:2 And the LORD said, Judah shall go up: behold, I have delivered the land into his hand.
I like the use of language in the second verse. The land has been delivered. That makes me think of the Postal Service. As the end customer, we do not need to do any of the work behind the scenes. The company coordinates everything to deliver that package or envelope right into our hands.
I think that is what God is trying to tell the Israelites and modern readers through these verses. There is a lot that goes on behind the scenes that we cannot coordinate, but we cannot just say that all of that activity does not happen.
Jer 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
God has already orchestrated all of history, and because of that, we need to accept his deliveries. Although I don’t think most of us have been handed military conquest like the tribe of Judah was, we have been given a wide variety of different blessings and gifts.
It is not at all by our own merit that we have been blessed, but just like He chose the tribe of Judah, God still gives us certain talents and abilities to equip us for whatever He needs.
The obvious application from this passage is that we need to accept our deliveries from God and then use them in the way that He would want us to.