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Honesty!

Today’s passage is Judges 7. This passage certainly emphasizes the last two days’ lessons…

1) Don’t procrastinate! Can’t you just imagine what would have happened in this situation if Gideon blew his trumpet and broke the pitchers to reveal the light, and the other 299 men had to take some time to mull over whether they would follow suit, or ponder the situation before responding?! As Nike says (which is the victory) “just do it!”

2) God is so accommodating! First of all He lets the fearful depart on their own volition. And secondly, verse 10 kind of cracks me up…

“and if it’s not enough for you Gideon, that I just guaranteed you with My very own words (that were powerful enough to create this whole universe) that your enemies were going to be delivered into your hands…then go on down to their camp and eaves drop on the latest scoop.”

Funny how overhearing his enemies talk strengthened him more than hearing the voice of God promise him the victory!

But I am struck by a third lesson today.

3) Honesty is Beautiful! It’s more than just a signature line (you’d have to get an email from me to understand!), it’s a way of life. God, again showing how understanding He is, deliberately affords an opportunity for people to get honest, without being judged or disparaged (that’s why 12-step programs work so well).

“For anyone who is here just putting on a front, or taking cues from society, or have been pushed into this assignment, or is simply doing it because there is a need, or you’re here because it seems like a good thing to be a part of … but truthfully you are just plain afraid and don’t want to be here … you can go home.”

22,000 returned to their homes. They were honest. They weren’t going to keep the spiritual facade up. They were willing to say: “I’m afraid.” “I struggle.” “I’m tempted.” “I sin.”

And you know what? They may not have gotten to fight in that particular battle, but as a result
1) they were able to be honest
2) God got the glory for the deliverance
3) they were able to enjoy the victory won on their behalf by other people
4) and I imagine their faith was strengthened by the whole event

Lord, help me to be honest, to let other people be a part of my life to help me on the journey of life. And thank You for each victory You give (especially when the odds are 300:innumerable!)

Who Do You Think You Are?!

God is so accommodating. Yes, perhaps He is inflexible when it comes to justice and His refusal to take bribes to overlook crimes.

But is He inflexible when it pertains to areas of our faith and our need for growth? … Just look at the chapter for today!

Judges 6 is the chapter read today in St. Philip’s 3-year Bible Plan.

If I had to define Gideon, I would suggest:
“He Who Proved God is Accommodating”

Consider the patience of God as He listens to (and answers!) Gideon…

  • How can I?
  • My family is the weakest.
  • I’m the least of this weak family.
  • I don’t believe in You.
  • Can’t we just talk about this for a while (kinda like Reuben did yesterday :-)?
  • I can’t do this alone.
  • Can I do it at night time so people won’t see me?
  • Would you mind humoring me with wetting the fleece only?
  • Mind if I procrastinate just a day more and ask You to keep the fleece dry?

What does God do? He accommodates poor Gideon, recognizing his weak faith.

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Another thought that I was strongly struck by in this chapter is based in verse 12.

“Just who do you think you are?”
I’m inclined to answer the same way Gideon did:
the least of the weakest, hiding for fear of failure

But look at who the Lord thought Gideon was.
…you mighty man of valor!
(and in Hebrews 11, a man of faith)

You gotta be kiddin’ me? Gideon? a man of faith? of valor?

And so it is, the Lord’s identification of who we are is so vastly different from how we assess ourselves. The truth be told, most Christians suffer from an identity crisis.

Here is a good list to help straighten out that crisis:
Chronologically as it appears in the New Testament
or
Pictorially as it appears in poster format

Lord Jesus Christ, grant me a glimpse of who You are as well as the truth of who I am in You! Thank you for dealing so tenderly with this weak woman.