Evening Devotional, Monday 03 June 2024

Evening Devotional, Monday 03 June 2024

Day 1 Devotional: Embracing Redemption

Scripture Reading: Judges 11:1-3

“Now Jephthah the Gileadite was a mighty warrior, but he was the son of a prostitute. Gilead was the father of Jephthah. And Gilead’s wife also bore him sons, and when his wife’s sons grew up, they drove Jephthah out and said to him, ‘You shall not have an inheritance in our father’s house, for you are the son of another woman.’ So Jephthah fled from his brothers and lived in the land of Tob, and worthless fellows collected around Jephthah and went out with him.”

Reflection:

Today, we begin our journey by examining the concept of redemption through the story of Jephthah, a man of humble beginnings and societal rejection. Despite his outcast status, Jephthah was chosen by God to lead and ultimately deliver Israel from oppression. This narrative invites us to reflect on how God’s view of us differs significantly from the world’s view. Society often labels and dismisses individuals based on heritage, past mistakes, or perceived worth. However, God looks beyond these superficial assessments and sees the value and potential in every person.

Consider your own life: Are there areas where you feel disqualified or marginalized? Perhaps you’ve experienced rejection similar to Jephthah’s. Or maybe you find yourself quick to judge others based on their backgrounds or past mistakes. This evening, take a moment to contemplate the ways in which societal labels might be limiting your perspective on yourself and others.

Application:

Reflect on the potential in yourself and those around you that may be overlooked due to societal labels or past mistakes. Think of at least one person in your life who might benefit from the kind of grace that sees beyond the surface. Consider how you can support and encourage this individual in a meaningful way.

Prayer Focus:

Pray to God with a focus on seeing yourself and others through His eyes. Ask Him to help you recognize the redemptive potential in all His children. Pray for the ability to extend grace and encouragement to those who are often marginalized or judged harshly by society. Ask God to help you embrace the transformative power of His redemption in your life, enabling you to rise above past rejections and to step into the roles He has prepared for you, just as Jephthah did.

End your time in prayer by asking God to remove barriers that prevent you from seeing and living out the redemptive opportunities around you. Pray for a heart that is open to God’s leading, one that embraces and advocates for the redemption of others in your community.