Saturday, December 29, 2007

Gideon Guided by God

11And there came an angel of the LORD, and sat under an oak which was in Ophrah, that pertained unto Joash the Abiezrite: and his son Gideon threshed wheat by the winepress, to hide it from the Midianites.
12And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him, and said unto him, The LORD is with thee, thou mighty man of valour.
13And Gideon said unto him, Oh my Lord, if the LORD be with us, why then is all this befallen us? and where be all his miracles which our fathers told us of, saying, Did not the LORD bring us up from Egypt? but now the LORD hath forsaken us, and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites.
14And the LORD looked upon him, and said, Go in this thy might, and thou shalt save Israel from the hand of the Midianites: have not I sent thee?
15And he said unto him, Oh my Lord, wherewith shall I save Israel? behold, my family is poor in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father's house.
16And the LORD said unto him, Surely I will be with thee, and thou shalt smite the Midianites
as one man.
Judges 6:11-16, King James Version

Gideon Guided by God

God guides each of us in different ways; this is especially clear in the case of Gideon. Look at the contrast between the way Gideon responded to God versus Moses (from yesterday's devotion). Moses hid his face from God when God appeared to him in the burning bush. Compare this with Gideon's response to God in verse 13.

And Gideon said unto him, Oh my Lord, if the LORD be with us, why then is all this befallen us? and where be all his miracles which our fathers told us of, saying, Did not the LORD bring us up from Egypt? but now the LORD hath forsaken us, and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites.

Somehow I think we are more likely to respond to God like Gideon. We approach the God of all God and King of all Kings with accusations! Gideon was angry; where was this God of whom he had been told? Where were the miracles; where was the salvation of God when the Israelites continued to be oppressed by the Midianites?

God ignored Gideon's insolence and simply stated, "Gideon, you are the one I will use to rescue the Israelites from the Midianites." Now God had Gideon's attention! "Wait a minute, who am I that I could face the Midianites? I am from the least of all the tribes of Israel."

Sound familiar? We are so like Gideon! When called by God to serve Him, how often are we filled with a million reasons as to why we could never be of any use to Him. And yet, the Bible tells us that God uses the weak things of the world (that's us) to confound the wise. Oh, you may be wise in the things of the world, intellectually, financially, and authoritatively, but in the eyes of God all of our greatness here on earth is foolishness before Him.

How are you being guided by God? How are you responding? As we read further in the book of Judges we know that Gideon, guided by God, did indeed save the Israelites from the hands of the Midianites.

Pray today that the most important aspect of your life is, or will become, your service to God. When your first priority is correct, everything else will fall in line!

God Bless You,
Linda

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