Tuesday, May 21
Mighty. . . with God
Today's reading: Judges 6:11-18
"All things are possible with God" is the phrase that came to my mind as I read the account of Gideon. The Israelites are being severely oppressed by the Midianites, and the people are distressed and fearful. When we meet Gideon, we find him hiding in a winepress beating out wheat for a little bit of food. As he works, the angel of the Lord appears and addresses him as "O mighty man of valor" (vs. 12). Gideon doesn't acknowledge this title of "mighty" but instead questions why these bad things are happening to God's people. The Lord responds with, "Go in this might of yours and save Israel" (vs. 14). Well, Gideon isn't buying that he's mighty, and he's not convinced he's going to be able to save Israel. But God knows otherwise. Verse 16 says,
"And the LORD said to him, 'But I will be with you, and you shall strike the Midianites as one man.'"
What does this passage reveal about our God's ways versus our human way of thinking? What does it show us about how God uses and works through ordinary people? What's one example of how God has used you in a way that initially seemed impossible to you (in other words, what's an example of where you were "mighty" with God’s help)? Tami
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