Friday, May 31, 2013

Already There

Get up, go down against the camp, because I am going to give it into your hands.  If you are afraid to attack, go down to the camp with your servant Purah and listen to what they are saying.  Afterward, you will be encouraged to attack the camp’” Judges 7:9-11.

God continues to deal with Gideon and his fear of attacking with fewer resources.  As Gideon’s army lessened before his very eyes, his enemy grew larger in front of him.  For Gideon, less men meant less courage…less enthusiasm…less optimism.  But God was aware of Gideon’s lack of confidence so He orchestrated a set of circumstances that would speak directly to Gideon’s fear.  He set up a conversation between two men in the enemy’s army who would confirm that they were going to be defeated by Gideon’s men.  Gideon arrived just as a man was telling a friend his dream…His friend responded, “This can be nothing other than the sword of Gideon…God has given the Midianites and the whole camp into his hands” Judges 7:13-14.  Gideon walked in the confidence that God had set up for him.  Gideon learned one of the most valuable Christian principles by which we should all live – whatever is up ahead…God is already there.  God had gone before Gideon and He is up ahead waiting on us to join Him in His plans for our lives.

When God has asked us to lie something down that may seem fearful to us, He is not disappointed in our anxious hearts.  As in Gideon’s case, God compensated and provided for his fear.  He gave Gideon the plan, the outcome, the confirmation and the comfort.  God was in the beginning, the middle and the end of Gideon’s endeavor.  God was all over it apart from Gideon's emotions.

Won’t you be encouraged this morning that as we allow His less in our lives it will become our more.  Our faith will expand with the confidence that whatever is up ahead and whatever resources we have God is already there! 

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