The Bible is filled with stories of violent conquest. “Then Judah went up and the Lord gave the Canaanites and the Perizzites into their hand, and they defeated 10,000 of them at Bezek” (Judges 1:4). One of many wars in the pages of Israel’s history. Why all the wars, one wonders.
In 2005, my 8th-grade son was assigned to write an essay on the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki for United States History. In 1945, my dad was assigned to invade the mainland of Japan with the United States 6th Marine Division on the Island of Guam. Until two bombs dropped.
“And there arose another generation after them who did not know the Lord or the work that he had done for Israel” (Judges 2:10). Opening God’s Word introduces me to my God and his ways. As I follow his lead, live by faith, trust God through trials, it becomes personal again.
I’m glad my dad and my son had a chance to talk before my son wrote his essay.
My God, You enter history and You walk with us. You guide us, You lead us, You go before us. In the work of Your Son, Jesus Christ, through death on the cross and resurrection from the grave, there is victory over death, over sin, and over evil. You are Almighty, the God of righteousness.
God, may we truly know what You have done, passing it along to our sons and daughters by living a life of faith and trust, following You wherever You lead.