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Self Doubt

Posted: Friday, April 26

Tyler Jensen // Worship Associate

Tyler Jensen // Worship Associate

April 26 Readings:

Judges 6:1-40
Luke 22:54-23:12
Psalm 95:1-96:13
Proverbs 14:5-6 

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Verse of the Day:

Judges 6: 14-16

“Then the Lord turned to him and said, “Go with the strength you have, and rescue Israel from the Midianites.  I am sending you!  But Lord, Gideon replied, how can I rescue Israel?  My clan is the weakest in the whole tribe of Manasseh, and I am the least in my entire family!  The lord said to him, I will be with you.  And you will destroy the Midianites as if you were fighting against one man.”

            This is one of the most relatable chapters I’ve come across when it comes to faith.  God lays out a series of instructions to Gideon on how to rescue Israel from the Midianites, and through every step, Gideon seems like he wants to be obedient… but also wants just a little more assurance that he’s not going to fall flat on his face.  That immediately speaks to my heart on two different points when looking at this story from two perspectives.

    The first perspective of course would be Gideon.  I think so many of us could substitute our name into this story and not bat an eye.  I think of the number of times I’ve felt a prompting to share my faith with a friend, or invite someone to church, or do something I’m uncomfortable with, and needed an extra assurance from God that I’d be okay.  I know one I’ve done before when feeling like God is telling me to invite someone to church, is that I’ve “made a deal” with God saying that if they bring up a religious topic, I’ll use that as my opening.  There are times that God has indulged my fears and given me that extra assurance, and there are times I’ve let an opportunity fall because I had too much fear to speak out.

    The other really interesting perspective of this story is God.  From a human perspective, it would be easy for him to find Gideon’s hesitation annoying and move on to another person to carry out his instructions.  But God doesn’t do that.  He shows incredible patience, understanding, and grace to Gideon even though he was continually questioned at every step of the way.  When we put these two perspectives together, we see an incredible story of God making up the difference in Gideon’s weaknesses.  We see that even though he didn’t do it at the speed he should, Gideon wanted to be obedient, and that God honored that despite the hesitation.  When we are in God’s will, he isn’t going to let us fail, and even if we could sometimes be obedient a little faster, we can trust that he will make the difference.