Wednesday Evening Devotional, 05 June 1957

Wednesday Evening Devotional, 05 June 1957

Day 3 Devotional: Seeking Peaceful Resolutions

Scripture Reading: Judges 11:12-28

“Then Jephthah sent messengers to the king of the Ammonites and said, ‘What do you have against me, that you have come to me to fight against my land?’ The king of the Ammonites answered the messengers of Jephthah, ‘Because Israel on coming up from Egypt took away my land, from the Arnon to the Jabbok and to the Jordan; now therefore restore it peaceably.'”

Reflection:

Before resorting to battle, Jephthah made a significant effort to understand the conflict and seek a peaceful resolution. His approach included sending messengers to communicate directly with the Ammonite king, presenting historical arguments, and seeking a dialogue to avert war. This narrative invites us to reflect on our own approach to conflicts. How do we handle disagreements or disputes? Do we rush to defend our position, or do we seek to understand the other side and find common ground?

Think about a current conflict or disagreement in your life. Consider how you might approach this situation differently by seeking to understand the other person’s perspective before asserting your own.

Application:

Identify a specific conflict in which you are currently involved, whether it’s at work, in your family, or within your community. Plan a strategy for addressing this conflict that includes:

Listening actively to the other party’s concerns without interrupting.

Expressing your own perspective clearly and respectfully.

Exploring possible solutions that could benefit both sides.

Consider how adopting a more diplomatic approach might change the dynamics of the situation and lead to a more peaceful and constructive resolution.

Prayer Focus:

Start your prayer by asking God to reveal any biases or prejudices that might be affecting your perception of the conflict. Pray for the humility to listen and the wisdom to understand the perspectives of others.

Ask the Lord for patience and the ability to communicate clearly and peacefully. Pray for the softening of hearts—both yours and those of others involved in the conflict. Request God’s guidance in navigating the situation, that you may act as a peacemaker, embodying the reconciliatory spirit of Christ.

Conclude your prayer by seeking God’s peace to prevail in your interactions. Ask for the courage to initiate peace and the strength to sustain it, trusting that God can work through you to foster unity and understanding in even the most challenging circumstances.