MAY 8 – Are you afraid?… Judges 7
Scripture Reading – Judges 7:8b-8:35 / John 5:31-47 / Proverbs 11:19-28
Gideon is an interesting character. God used Gideon mightily yet he didn’t immediately rush into battle when God beckoned him but Gideon often needed the reassurance of God. Even after an angelic visitation, a miracle and a double fleece – Gideon still was apprehensive. (v.9-11)
Before we fault Gideon, he faced a human “impossibility”. He was about to enter a battle against an army of 135,000 with only 300 men. At times we feel the odds of life are stacked up against us… a medical diagnosis, a financial statement, a broken relationship. We “know” God is with us yet we struggle with a great amount of apprehension and anxiety. Our eyes see the enormity of the enemy and the magnitude of our insufficiency.
God understands when we are afraid, He told Gideon to go and listen near the enemies camp. God gave the enemy a dream of their coming destruction and Gideon so happened to hear two soldiers talking about the dream. The soldiers understood the significance of the dream and believed God was about to destroy them by the sword of Gideon. Talk about a confirmation and great encouragement!
Gideon returned to the Israelites and rallied them for battle as the apprehension and fear was wiped away. God miracously brought victory through 300 men, 301 pitchers (Gideon had one too), 301 torches, 301 trumpets and 301 voices shouting with a voice of triumph. The enemy turned upon each other, fled in terror and were soundly defeated. Gideon, whose heart was filled with insecurity and apprehension, was stirred to courage and faith. He led them victoriously into battle.
What enemies do you face? What obstacles loom on your horizon? It is ok to admit your fear and apprehension. God understands and desires to stir you to faith, courage and action. So remember, “The bigger they are, the harder they fall”. I don’t know if that is quite biblical but I do know of a promise that is! Despite the odds… ”If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31)
Pastor James Clark has pastored Calvary Assembly since 1985. He is blessed with his wife Yvonne, six children, two son-in-laws, a beautiful granddaughter and hopefully many more grandchildren to follow!