Friday, December 6, 2013

I'm Gideon and So Are You, Sister

I'm curious, what is God teaching you these days?

I am almost finished with the Gideon study by Priscilla Shirer and am just tickled by how God works. Maybe you are familiar with the story, but in case you are not, here is a quick summary.....

Gideon was one of the Old Testament Judges and his story is told in Judges 6-8.

Because of their disobedience and idol worship, the Israelites had been suffering under the hands of their enemies, the Midianites, for seven years when Gideon was called to attack the problem.

Gideon was totally shocked by this and just knew that God had surely made a mistake. He was busy working, minding his own business, in no way eager to lead anyone. Calling himself the weakest man from the weakest tribe, Gideon questioned God and asked for not just one sign, but multiple ones.

He was very nervy for someone so "weak"! Can you imagine?

{Sidebar: I wonder how many times you or I have felt a gentle stirring to complete a task we felt unprepared for, but instead of obeying, just ignored it. Kudos to Gideon for hanging in there. Of course, there was the whole angel appearing, which puts a different spin on things!}

God was patient and gave Gideon the signs he needed to feel confident that God really had chosen him to do this huge thing. God then whittled down Gideon's army from 32,000 to only 300 men. He did this because he wanted His people to know that their victory was coming from God himself, not from the efforts of men.

The part of the story that I find most amazing is the weaponry with which the 300 were sent into battle, a battle God had already told them they were going to win. These brave men, chosen by God Almighty himself, took up their water pitchers with a torch hidden inside and a trumpet and headed off for battle.

I bet that wasn't decided by a committee.

When they surrounded the camp, the Israelites blew their trumpets, smashed their pitchers, and gave a shout out to the Lord. Can you imagine their amazement when their arch enemies-the Midianites, who had terrorized them and starved them for so long-ran around killing each other?

I bet the bad guys felt like total idiots when they realized what had happened!

This is more than just a good story about a brave man from long ago. It is also the story of you and me.

Have you ever looked around at the mess our society is in and wondered when God is going to bring in some adults to fix things?

Well, girls, we are the adults. We are where we are for a reason and God has a job for each of us. If this generation is going to learn the truth about God's love for them, it is going to happen because weaklings like me step out in obedience and do it.

Scary, isn't it? But God uses the weak to confound the strong. His ways are higher than our ways and his methods don't make sense to the world. He promised not to abandon Gideon, and he won't abandon us.

Gideon used the weapons God gave him to fight the battle God asked him to fight, and we must do that, too. God has equipped us so well with His complete word, our direct prayer line to him through Jesus, and the Holy Spirit that dwells inside each believer.

So let's be brave. Let's break our water pitchers and let the Holy Spirit light a fire that will send the enemy running for cover.

And we will know when victory comes that it is because God fought the battle for us.


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Liz said...

My Bible study group just finished up the Gideon study. I guess I was disappointed that they went back to the worship of idols after such a great victory! We had a lot of heartfelt testimonies from our girls during the study. So wonderful what we take away from these studies.

living from glory to glory said...

Hello Susan, I might just look into doing that Bible study with our ladies group. We need to all know each of us have a special and important job that only we can do!
Growing up anymore in this world seems to take a back seat approach.
God's eyes are roaming looks for someone who is willing :)
Have a wonderful and Blessed Season!
Merry Christmas Susan!

Vicki said...

o my gosh! i just finished this bible study too a few weeks ago! I enjoyed it also, especially how God calls Gideon a mighty warrior -we are all mighty warriors and this study was a good reminder of that when life hands us our daily battles. thanks for your comment on my blog - now i am going to nose around yours :)

Sharon said...

Hello Susan,

Isn't it wonderful how the Lord speaks to our hearts through His word? I love that Gideon tells the angel of the Lord that his family was of the least in Manasseh, a humble heart. The Lord can use any of us especially when our hearts are willing and humbled :)

Yes, we need to be willing and see what wonderful Blessings will come about from our obedience to Him.

Thank you for visiting my blog :) I will have to look into the follower thing :)


White Lace and Promises said...

Thank you so much for this encouraging word today! I, like Gideon and Moses and Abraham ask, "Are you sure you're talking to me, Lord?" So glad that I don't have to make up my own methods nor do I walk alone. Thanks again.

Ceil said...

Hi Susan! First of all, let me say how much I enjoy your writing style and sense of humor. I love that!

I do love that story of Gideon, because it gives me hope. When I am faced with so much turmoil and trouble, I wonder what the heck God is thinking. But he wants my faith more than anything. How do I exhibit faith if everything is so easy all the time?

Gideon and I have a lot in common. Hopefully, I'll be victorious just like he was.

Great post today!


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