Overwhelmed Israelites

Handwritten page from the book of Judith chapter 6 verse 19 through chapter 7 verse 12
Judith 6:19-7:12

Synopsis     Judith 6:19-7:12     10/15/2020 

Holofernes directed his forces to siege Bethulia. And, in collaboration with Moabite forces, took control of the springs of water that supplied the city.  

The Israelites feared as they observed the vast Assyrian army up close. However, they remained steadfast and kept watch.  

Overwhelmed Israelites 

The Israelites at Bethulia felt the overwhelm. They knew that their only hope was that God might save them.  

Overwhelmed Me 

How many times have I surveyed the world around me and felt like everything I valued was under attack?  

There is no answering this fear. If, by myself, I had to simultaneously fight every force that wished to destroy me, then I would quickly be overwhelmed and perish.  

But the victory is the Lord’s. So, all I need to do is follow. I need to simply remain in this present moment with the circumstances immediately before me. And meet this, moment by moment, with love for God and love for the neighbor He has placed next to me.  

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, on your own intelligence do not rely; In all your ways be mindful of him, and he will make straight your paths.” Prov 3:5-6 

October 15, 2020

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