I like to watch movies.
And the really good ones, I like to watch more than
once because I am able to see different things than
I saw before. I guess our eyes and brain can
only process so many images in a given second.
And so it goes with the Bible, too. Each time
I read a passage I've read before, something
different becomes the focal point for me.
Today's lesson in my
daily Bible reading included the story of Gideon in
Chapter 6 of the book of Judges. Sure, I'm
familiar with Gideon's trumpet, but, I'd forgotten
about how much Gideon was like me. You see, he
kept asking God for assurances that God was
really going to be there to support him.
Discerning and following God's distinctive calling
for each of us is often scary work. But, as we
see with Gideon, God is faithful to us - always.
We're at the point
in the story when all the original Israelites who
journeyed through the desert and battled to gain the
land promised them by God are dead. Moses is
dead. Joshua is dead. And the people
start to do things that are contrary to God's wishes
for them. So, in an effort to allow the
Israelites to redeem themselves in God's favor, God
brings up a series of judges, to help set the people
back on the straight and narrow.
And now we meet
Gideon, a young Israelite who feels abandoned by God
in the midst of the hardships the Israelites are
facing. Gideon is approached by an angel, who
calls him "mighty warrior" and tells him that God is
with him. But Gideon doubts this. Then
God commands Gideon to save Israel. In
disbelief, Gideon says (my paraphrase) "me?
Wimpy me? How can I possibly do something so grand?"
God, ever faithful, says he'll be with Gideon all
along the way. But Gideon doubts this, too.
He needs a sign to confirm that this is really God.
And God provides the sign. But Gideon doubts
this again. He asks God for another sign.
And God provides it. But Gideon doubts this
again, too. He asks God for yet a third sign.
And God provides it. Wow. Uncertain
little fellow, isn't he? Or maybe he was
trying to get out of the task God asked him to do.
Or maybe he was afraid because he was trapped within
his own personal limitations (i.e., I'm small; I'm
weak; I'm wimpy).
In God, we have no
limitations. No limitations. God
is patient with us and will wait with us through our
doubts, just as he did with Gideon. God will
give us discernment of his plan for each of us
through signs and assurances, if that's what we're
needing. Be assured, friends, that you are
never alone on this journey.
Blessings and peace
Yours in Christ,