Friday, October 9, 2009

Those Were the Days

In those days there was no king in Israel. And in those days the tribe of the Danites was seeking for itself a territory to live in; for until then no territory among the tribes of Israel had been allotted to them. So the Danites sent five valiant men from the whole number of their clan, from Zorah and from Eshtaol, to spy out the land and to explore it; and they said to them, "Go, explore the land." When they came to the hill country of Ephraim, to the house of Micah, they stayed there. While they were at Micah's house, they recognized the voice of the young Levite; so they went over and asked him, "Who brought you here? What are you doing in this place? What is your business here?" Judges 18:1-3 NRSV

Have you ever found yourself in a place where you either didn't belong or shouldn't have been in? Did you just want to disappear into the woodwork? Did you hope and pray no one recognized you? Were you recognized after all?

This is what happens to the young Levite. The Danites hear him speak and immediately realize that he is in the wrong place. They then want to know why he is there, how he got there and what he is doing.

How would you have reacted if you had been the Danites? Should they have even said anything? What made them corner the Levite? Why would this have been a big deal for them?

Are you somewhere - either physcially or spiritually where you have no business being right at this very moment? Will you be found out? Will someone confront you? What will you say to them?

God, you often ask us: who brought you here? what are you doing in this place? what is your business here? You know where we should be at all times. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Question of the day: How will you answer God?

Copyright 2009 Amelia G. Sims

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