Daily Bible Reading – Judges 6,7; Psalm 52; 1 Corinthians 14
Today’s Key Passage – Judges 6:11-40
In today’s key passage, we read the story of Gideon, a simple farmer who was called by God to free the Israelites from the oppression of Midian. One day, while Gideon was threshing wheat, an angel of the Lord appeared to him and told him that he was going to save Israel from the Midianites. Gideon, being a farmer from a relatively weak clan, had serious doubts that he would be able to save Israel, but the Lord insisted that he was the right person for the job. Despite God’s confidence in him, he still needed assurances from God and asked for a sign. Gideon asked God to wait for him while he secured an offering to set before the Lord. When Gideon returned with the offering, the angel touched the tip of his staff to the meat and the unleavened bread, and fire immediately flared from the rock it was sitting on and consumed the offering. Gideon asked God for a sign, and God delivered!
Now, you would think that after seeing this miracle, Gideon would be satisfied that he really was the right man for the job of saving Israel. However, once again, Gideon needed more assurances from God, and he asked for another sign. In fact, three times Gideon asked God for assurances, and all three times God answered him in a big way. Gideon would eventually believe what God was telling him, and he would eventually go to battle against the Midianites. He would ultimately win the battle without ever lifting a sword against the Midianites and he would free the Israelites (for a time), but not before God did something truly amazing. See, God knew that Gideon was still afraid. He knew that Gideon was worried about this battle. He was worried about whether he would be good enough to win and whether his people would be good enough to win. God, however, knew that He was good enough to win any battle, so He made a little point to Gideon. Gideon was ready to attack with 32,000 men, but God told him that he had too many soldiers. God reduced the number of soldiers Gideon had to take into battle from 32,000 to 300, yet the 300 were still more than enough to triumph over the Midianites.
Reading this story today, I thought a lot about all of the people who need assurances in our present age. There are so many who question whether God exists and need assurances of His existence. There are others who feel so lost in the world and need assurances of His presence. Some feel like they have heard a calling from God to action, but need assurances that the calling is legitimate, while others, though they have been saved and have accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior, still need assurances that they will really get to spend eternity with Him in Heaven. From time to time, all of us, no matter what our circumstances, still need assurances. Fortunately, God’s assurances are all around us. We find His assurances in the beauty and scope of His creation. We find His assurances in the countless illustrations we find in His Word. We find His assurances in the small voice we hear while we commune with God through prayer. God’s assurances are literally everywhere. Like Gideon, though, we each must decide for ourselves what we will choose to do with these assurances. Will we accept God’s promises for us and have the faith and trust we need to move forward in our walk with Him, or will we continue to ask for even more assurances from Him as we make excuses to stand still. My prayer today is that each of you reading this, regardless what you are walking through in your life will find the assurances you need from Him. His assurances are there waiting for you. All you have to do is look for them and hold onto them as you step out in faith.
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Posted on March 29, 2014, in 06 - Joshua and tagged Bible, Christian, Daily Bible, Daily Devotional, Faith, Gideon, God, God's Character, Israel, Israelite, Jesus, Midian, Midianite, Questioning God, Religion, Salvation, Trust. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.