Thursday, March 17, 2016
We finished off our study last night in church on the story of Gideon and I want to share with you some of it's features. When the Lord called Gideon he was busily at work threshing wheat in an unlikely indoor venue (winepress) for fear that the enemies, the Midianites, would come and steal it like they were doing to all other Israelites at the time. In Gideon, God chose a seemingly ordinary man to save Israel from the enemies who had cruelly oppressed them for seven years.
Like all of us, Gideon, although he believed and remained true to the God of Israel, had his bouts with fear and doubt and was well aware of his human limitations. Nevertheless, the Lord knew his heart and the strength and courage with which He would endow him to lead His people to a spectacular and miraculous victory over an enemy who at the start of the battle outnumbered them four hundred to one. In the end, Gideon and his 300 men didn’t have to do too much fighting because the Lord confused the Midianite army causing them to fight and destroy each other. (I actually told the class an angel of the Lord wiped them out, but that was another battle, which goes to prove that I don’t always know what I’m talking about. The end result was the same, however, because this was really the Lord’s battle and not Gideon and his army)
If you are fighting a seemingly unwinnable personal battle, take heart. If you are a child of God, all the grace, strength, and courage you need are at your disposal. Gideon was not too much different than you and the Lord did a great and mighty thing in his life. More importantly, your battle is really the Lord’s battle so you can rest assured that your victory will surely come. Call upon the Lord and put all your trust in Him. Then you will be able to say as David said in Psalm 34:4: “I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.”
Memory verse for the week: (Psalm 119:72) “The law from your mouth is more precious to me than thousands of pieces of silver and gold.”