Today I would like to begin a new journey looking at the " Judges" of Israel. The book of of Judges represents a time of lawlessness where anarchy ruled and ever man did what was right in their own eyes. I would like to begin today with Othniel. Othniel was the nephew of Caleb you remember Caleb the only man other than Joshua to see the promised land from the Exodus crew. Othniel is best known for capturing Kiriath-Sepher/Debir and delivering Israel from the oppression of the Edomites.
Othniel teaches us the importance of seizing opportunities. Caleb presented the opportunity and Othniel seized it. Often times in our lives God open doors but we are to reluctant to walk through those doors. In the process we miss out on opportunities to be used by God for the edification of the body of Christ. Othniel demonstrated courage and a willingness to respond to a challenge and as a result he experienced the favor of God.
God challenges each us to participate in God's mission and to be conformed daily into the image of HIS SON. We are presented with opportunities each day but the question is how will we respond? Othniel responded with courage and willingness! Let us respond the same way so like Othniel we can experience the favor of God and the body of Christ can receive deliverance.
Scripture Reference: Judges 1