After Abimelech, Tola son of Puah son of Dodo, a man of Issachar, who lived at Shamir in the hill country of Ephraim, rose to deliver Israel. He judged Israel twenty-three years. Then he died, and was buried at Shamir. After him came Jair the Gileadite, who judged Israel twenty-two years. He had thirty sons who rode on thirty donkeys; and they had thirty towns, which are in the land of Gilead, and are called Havvoth-jair to this day. Jair died and was buried in Kamon.
War, treachery, sin, and evil have been the passwords through much of the last chapter of Judges. Thank goodness we get a break with a few years of peace.
We don't know much about Tola or Jair. But we do know they brought peace to the people of Israel. And they needed it.
This weekend is Labor Day weekend. Traditionally, this is the weekend (sometimes a week) of rest and relaxation for my family and a few close friends. We go to the beach and do nothing but relax. It is nice to have this time of peace. We need it.
You may find this weekend is a time of peace for you. Or there may be another time of the year that is your time of rest and relaxation. I pray that if you don't have a time, that you will find it.
We all need a bit of peace from time to time in our busy lives.
God, thank you for times of peace, rest and relaxation. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Question of the day: When is your time of peace?
Copyright 2009 Amelia G. Sims