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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Today’s scripture reading:
“I will be with you,” God told Gideon, and God promised to give him the strength he needed to overcome the opposition. In spite of this clear promise for strength, Gideon made excuses. Seeing only his limitations and weaknesses, he failed to see how God would work through him.
Like Gideon, we are called to serve God in specific ways. Although God promises us the tools and strength we need, we often make excuses. But reminding God of our limitations only implies that he does not know all about us or that he has made a mistake in evaluating our character. Don’t spend time making excuses. Instead, spend it doing what God wants. (NLT)
Judges 6:11-16 – Then the angel of the Lord came and sat beneath the oak tree at Ophrah, which belonged to Joash of the clan of Abiezer. Gideon son of Joash had been threshing wheat at the bottom of a winepress to hid the grain from the Midianites. The angel of the Lord appeared to him and said, “Mighty hero, the Lord is with you!”
“Sir,” Gideon replied, “if the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us? And where are all the miracles our ancestors told us about? Didn’t they say, ‘The Lord brought us up out of Egypt’? But now the Lord has abandoned us and handed us over to the Midianites.”
Then the Lord turned to him and said, “Go with the strength you have and rescue Israel form the Midianites. I am sending you!”
“But Lord,” Gideon replied, “how can I rescue Israel? My clan is the weakest in the whole tribe of Manasseh, and I am the least in my entire family!”
The Lord said to him, “I will be with you. And you will destroy the Midianites as if you were fighting against one man.”
Vladimir Ditmar (Kirov, Russia) titled his story “MIGHTY WARRIOR;” here is a portion of Vladimir’s story:
“. . . Not long after I accepted the challenge to become a pastor, one brother in Christ advised me to read the story of Gideon, the judge of Israel. The more I read this story, the more I recognized myself in Gideon’s response: fear, doubt, uncertainty, questions, and cowardice. . . .
“From Gideon’s story, I conclude that God doesn’t require us to be completely equipped to serve from the beginning. Instead God can use weak, insignificant, foolish, and cowardly folk like us so that all the power and glory belong only to God.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – When I am serving God, my fear can become the fuel for action.
Prayer: All-powerful God, may your strength be revealed in our weakness, your wisdom in our folly, and your boldness in our fear. Amen.
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/
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