Saturday, 13 January 2018

Modern day Gideon.


Modern day Gideon.



Years back I recall a religious sect referring to Gideon (in the Bible) in song. The reference noted something to the effect of not wanting to be like Gideon. A vague statement to those who may have not come across the story of Gideon in the Bible. The story which I will be referring to can be found in Judges the sixth chapter. I strongly encourage you to read this before, so you better understand this piece.

In this article, I will briefly touch on certain aspects of the character of Gideon, and how many of us would be regarded as modern day “Gideons” as we to have similar character traits.

Upon reading Judges six, the themes of fear and doubt are very apparent in Gideon’s character. Fear and doubt are crippling to a Christian’s character. Both fear and doubt are a result of a lack of faith, they stunt our spiritual growth and suggest that God is not able.
We are to co-operate with One who knows no failure. We should not talk of our own weakness and inability. This is a manifest distrust of God, a denial of His word. When we murmur because of our burdens, or refuse the responsibilities He calls upon us to bear, we are virtually saying that He is a hard master, that He requires what He has not given us power to do. (COL p. 363)

The trials that we often face, are because God knows that we are able cope if we trust in him. 
Although, this is the case we do not see this but may believe we are being punished or that someone else should have this challenge. Our lips may repeatedly murmur “Lord why me?” In stead of this let us ask “Lord help me to cope in this difficult situation, help me to find the way of escape that you have promised to provide”


''There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.'' 1 Corinthians 10:13 King James Version (KJV)

Sometimes this way of escape may not be so obvious. However, the way of escape always involves trusting and obeying the Lord.  

“Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.”
SDA HYMAL, HYMN 590

In the story of Gideon, the Lord had chosen him to liberate the children of Israel from the oppression from the Midianites (See Judges 6:6-8,11-12,14-16). Though the Lord repeatedly reminds Gideon that he had been selected to do this great task, he still doubted and gave excuses why he believed he was not fit for the task.
“… Oh my Lord, wherewith shall I save Israel? behold, my family is poor in Manasseh, and I am the
least in my father's house.”
Like Gideon we to ask why or how even when something has been made clear. We look at our immediate situations and tend to not think of what God can do through us. Gideon tried to use the excuse of being poor and the youngest in his home to justify why he felt God could not use him to save Israel.  What excuses do you make? What are some of the limitations you have labelled yourself with?
God continuously looks at humanity not at what they are but what they could be. God sees so much potential in us! Rather than see some of the potential he sees in us,  we dress ourselves with limitation and devalue ourselves through doubt. Though this may be the case God is still there to build our faith like he did Gideon.

During his uncertainty God sent an angel to remind him of his capability through Christ. “And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him, and said unto him, The Lord is with thee, thou mighty man of valour.

Is it possible we showcase fear and doubt in situations because we must go it alone? Let us remember that God will not leave nor forsake us. Regardless of how difficult a situation is, God is there every step of the way “The Lord is with thee”

As followers of Christ, we must get to the point in our lives whereby, though we may not feel that things are possible but, believe because God has said it is so!  

'' But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. ''

Hebrews 11:6King James Version (KJV)






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2 comments:

  1. 'We dress ourselves with limitations and devalue ourselves through doubt.' Girl! I heard a message presented by elder Skeete about Moses and who made the mouth, this really reminds me of that sermon. Thanks for sharing

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