'Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian's hand. Am I not sending you?' Judges 6:14 NIV
You’ll find that as you go on with God, you go through different kinds of ‘seasons’. Often, those seasons follow on logically, and the one prepares you for the next. Sometimes, though, God prompts us to go somewhere/do something that we don’t feel ready for. First reaction? If you’re anything like us, you’ll have been tempted to (a) hide, or (b) talk God out of it. Gideon (in the book of Judges) was the smallest guy in his family and his family was the weakest in his tribe. Yet God used him to lead an army. The thing is, it was an army of 300 that went to war against another army of over 100,000 men. Yikes! Outnumbered by over 300 to 1. It seemed an impossible task, but God declared: ‘I will be with you.’ (Judges 6:16 NIV) That’s all that counts really, isn’t it? One ‘Yes’ from God like that is enough to cancel out all our ‘but what ifs’ and ‘maybes’. If God brings you to the edge of something, even if it’s somewhere unknown and looks like a sharp drop, He’ll bring you through, and show you how it fits your journey with Him. If it looks like God is prodding you in a scary direction, it’ll be for the best. So, don’t let it frighten you into inertia. Do you feel God is calling you to do something that, for you, is really scary? Pray to Him to take care of your next step, then ask Him for His plan so you can take it. Don’t stay static. Gideon up!
SoulFood: 1 Kings 18:16-20:43; Luke 12:35-48; Ps 66:13-20; Pro 6:23-25
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