War: Just or Unjust?
Today’s reading: Genesis 34:1-36:30
It is no simple matter to evaluate the wisdom or necessity of waging war. As I said, “it is hard to find a wise person or a godly action anywhere” in the story of the rape of Dinah and the subsequent murder of the Hivites.
If you had been Dinah, Jacob, or Simeon and Levi what course of action would you have taken?
I am glad that God promises to guide us when we are faced with difficult decisions and confusing options. Pleasing God is the first priority but putting Him first will make the options and decisions more clear. Here are some of the promises of God’s guidance and leadership in the Psalms:
1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. 3 He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Psalm 48:14 that this is God, our God forever and ever. He will guide us forever.
Psalm 73:24 You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will receive me to glory.
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[For more reflections on today’s passage see the January 13 reading in Cover to Cover: Through the Bible in 365 days].