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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Saturday, June 11, 2016
Today’s scripture reading:
Gideon’s army simply watched as the army of Midian fell into panic, confusion, and disordered retreat. Not one man had to draw a sword to defeat the enemy. Gideon’s small army could never have brought about such a victory in their own strength. God wanted to demonstrate to Israel that victory depends not on strength or numbers but on obedience and commitment to him. (NLT)
Judges 7:15-25 – When Gideon heard the dream and its interpretation, he thanked God. Then he returned to the Israelite camp and souted, “Get up! For the Lord has given you victory over the Midianites!” He divided the three hundred men into three groups and gave each man a ram’s horn and a clay jar with a torch in it. Then he said to them, “Keep your eyes on me. When I come to the edge of the camp, do just as I do. As soon as my group blows the rams’ horns, those of you on the other sides of the camp blow your horns and shout, ‘For the Lord and for Gideon!’”
It was just after midnight, after the changing of the guard, when Gideon and the one hundred men with him reached the outer edge of the Midianite camp. Suddenly, they blew the horns and brooke their clay jars. Then all three groups blew their horns and broke their jars. They held the blazing torches in their left hands and the horns in their right hands and shouted, “A word for the Lord and for Gideon!” Each man stood at his position around the camp and watched as all the Midianites rushed around in a panic, shouting as they ran. When the three hundred Israelites blew their horns, the Lord caused the warriors in the camp to fight against each other with their swords. Those who were not killed fled to places as far away as Beth-shittah near Zererah and to the border of Abel-meholah near Tabbath.
Then Gideon sent for the warriors of Naphtali, Asher, and Manasseh, who joined in the chase after the fleeing army of Midian. Gideon also sent messengers throughout the hill country of Ephraim, saying, “Come down to attack the Midianites. Cut them off at the shallows of the Jordan River at Beth-barah.” And the men of Ephraim did as they were told. They captured Oreb and Zeeb, the two Midianite generals, killing Oreb at the rock of Oreb, and Zeeb at the winepress of Zeeb. And they continued to chase the Midianites. Afterward the Israelites brought the heads of Oreb and Zeeb to Gideon, who was by the Jordan.
God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:19 (NIV)
Amelia Rhodes (Michigan) titled her story “ENOUGH;” here is a portion of Amelia’s story:
“Recently my husband saw a need for young families in our community to have a time of connection and encouragement. He suggested we host a monthly gathering in our home, and I laughed. All I could see was that we didn’t have enough space, time, energy, or money.
“When I overcame my fear of not having enough and allowed God to use us, God did great things. People made new friends, old friends reconnected, we encouraged one another in faith, and we supported one another through life’s challenges.
“. . . When God asks us to do something and we feel we don’t have enough, we can remember that God supplies the strength and everything we need to do God’s work.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – No matter how little I have, with God’s help I have enough.
Prayer: Dear Lord, help us to step out in faith and to serve you whenever you ask. Amen.
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