4.12.2011

Devotional_Thoughts

Good morning friends! God bless you this morning. I hope and trust that this day finds you well and cared for.

Our reading today is in Judges Chapter 8, and this marks the end of the Gideon study. At the end of chapter 7 we saw the Lord had given victory to Gideon without he and his men having to much fighting, as the Lord caused the enemy to turn in on themselves. Has God ever done that for you? He has for me and many others! That is what He is able to do for you today.

King Solomon writes in Proverbs 21:1; "The kings heart is in the hand of the Lord, like the rivers of water, He turns it wherever He wishes." Do you know that God is very much aware of everything that is happening in your life today, and He has the power and authority to do as He wills, through our prayer and petition. The Apostle Paul writes in Galatians 6:9, "And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart."

Oh friend, I want to encourage you to seek the Lord's guidance, strength, and will for your life today! Okay, back to Gideon. As he and his three hundred men chased and conquered the Midianites, they came into towns asking for food for the battle weary men and were refused. There will be times in your life when friends, family or co-workers may not agree with you or help you in struggles, the day to day battles of life. These are the times you take it to the Lord in prayer! He knows the situation completely and entirely, and He stands ready and waiting for you to cry out to Him. Gideon promised the authorities in these places that there would be a price to pay, and after the enemy was conquered, he came back and fulfilled the promise. There is a consequence for not doing "the next right thing". Sometimes the consequence involves the loss of life, as in the account of Judges Chapter 8.

Most of us want to know God's will for our lives, but we're not sure how to find it. The common misunderstanding is that it will fall into our lap, and has nothing to do with our current situation. May I submit to you that God's will for you is found in the day to day. Doing what you are right now with all your heart, as unto the Lord. If He has something different for the future, it will come through the present circumstances. Gideon was living life on life's terms, doing what was before him. He didn't realize his world was about to be turned upside down, but when God came to call him, he answered.

You give God your best and leave the results up to Him! He will bring you into His perfect will. Here is a character study of the man Gideon:

  • He was a "regular guy" just like you and I
  • He made it into the "hall of faith"- Hebrews Chapter 11
  • He defeated a great army with a handful of men
  • He was offered Kingship by the Israelites
  • Though slow to be convinced, acted on his convictions

Gideon had weak moments and failures, but he was still God's servant. If you can you see yourself in Gideon's weakness, can you see yourself being willing to serve? Remember Gideon as a man who obeyed God by giving his attention to the task at hand. Then give your full attention to believing God will prepare you for tomorrow when it comes. Go today in the strength of the Lord, and become the mighty man/woman of valor that He has created you to be!!

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