Monday, May 16, 2011

Why Gideon's God is my Hero

Dear, sweet, Gideon - he must have been so confused!  Sometimes instruction from the Lord that doesn't line up with our expectations can really throw us into a tailspin.  Robb and I- we've been on a roller coaster this week.  He's had four schools interview him - 1 offer, 1 pending offer, 1 wishful offer, and 1 door slam shut. The suspense is killing us! We've hashed and re-hashed situations, but the bottom line is -- this isn't our battle. 
It's God's.  
{But, sir, "Gideon replied, "if the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us?" Judges 6:13}
We can talk about it until we've run smooth out of oxygen and our talking won't change God's plan.  God has a plan - a good one according to Jeremiah 29:11. 
{For I know the plans I have for you, declares, the Lord, plans to prosper you, not to harm you; to give you a hope and a future.}
 We want to be in the center of His will.  His will is perfect. It's flawless.  It sees into the future - unlike our Earthly eyes that can lack vision and clarity.  My knees are raw. My heart has been heavy and my mind muddled with what if's and a simple desire for closure.  I hate limbo- the in between can be the worst.  Yet, this is often where we learn the most about ourselves.  
And then there's Gideon's God-- my God.  He's big and sometimes He wants everyone to know that He alone is our deliverer.  That's what happened to Gideon. 
{The Lord said to Gideon, "you have too many men for me to deliver Midian into their hands." Judges 7:2} 
Gideon was going to battle with a vast army - 32,000.
I'd have been pretty confident. 
How about you?
Until God gave unthinkable and seemingly irrational instruction; to send away a portion of His army. 
{"So twenty-two thousand men left, while ten thousand remained." vs.3 }
Say what?
But, Gideon was obedient.
God wasn't through whittling.
{"There are still too many men. Take them down to the water, and I will sift them for you there." vs 4.}
Who's sweating this out with me? Seriously?
And I would have been askin' Him...
"Why in the world would I do that?"
"Do you want me dead?"
But, Gideon was obedient even when things made no sense.
{But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong." 1 Corinthians 1:27}
God reduced Gideon's army to a mere 300 men. 
Then, God did what He does best - He single-handidly delivered them from their enemies.
{"In order that Israel may not boast against me that her own strength has saved her." vs. 2}
Because sometimes we like to deliver ourselves. We get a new job because we "know people."  We are successful because we are "educated."  I am guilty.  It's ingrained in our culture; our minds get warped.  The pull yourself up by your bootstraps kind of mentality stands contradictory to God Himself rising up in our defense.    
Sometimes God puts us in impossible circumstances. The impossible dances around us and we ask God:
"What in the world are you doing?"  
And His reply?
{"...My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." 2 Corinthians 12:9}
That my friends, is why Gideon's God is my Hero- because He doesn't need me. 
His grace is sufficient. 


Carissa said...

Wonderfully said. So thankful we serve a God who has it all in control.

lisasmith said...

praying for the BEST offer to come your way in the midst of Texas cutting back on education... it just happened for my brother so I fully expect God to do it for you.

How are you feeling???