2008-07-21 - Gideon: Let Me Think about That First
(Judges 6-8, Hebrews 11:32-33)
"But Lord," Gideon asked, "how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family." The Lord answered, "I will be with you, and you will strike down all the Midianites together."(Judges 6:15-16 NIV)
Have you ever felt that God was calling you to do something you thought you weren't qualified to do? Gideon was told that his strength would save Israel. It didn't take long for Gideon to come up with excuses why he couldn't help. Gideon was content; he didn't want to leave his comfort zone in the agricultural profession. Nor did Gideon see himself as God did, and he wouldn't make a move without direct confirmation from the Lord.
Eventually Gideon accepted the Lord's call and became a successful military leader and later a judge. With Gideon as commander, his army of 300 soldiers defeated 135,000 of their enemies.
A Lesson from Gideon
It was time for our family vacation to the beach, and I didn't want to go. I loved the ocean, sand, and listening to the waves-but the trip preparations were overwhelming. I told God my feelings, and said that the only way I would go is if everything were complete on the to-do list. I wanted His will, for mine would have been to stay home. With all the priorities checked off, we set sail. While the trip was far from perfect-we battled crowds, hotel plumbing woes, and forgetting sunglasses-I knew, without any doubts, that it was where I was supposed to be.
Is there a situation in which you would trade in your human eyes for God-like eyes?
Lord, I thank You for the doors that are opening. I know it is because of Your influence. My earnest desire is to seek You in all my ways. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.