You know what I’m impressed with as I’m reading Judges through this time? The variety. I know Judges focusses a lot on Israel’s failure, but it also draws attention to the variety of ways that God can and does use people, and he uses them in ways that suits their character and their talents.
That is very encouraging for us…or it should be. So very often people don’t step out in faith to do what God is calling them to do because they do not trust that God is calling them to something they are capable of.
Gideon exemplifies this for us. God calls and his first reasons is to almost chuckle and say: “How can I save Israel? My family is the weakest.”
Gideon does what most of us do and equates the ability to be successful in a God ordained venture with his physical setting or perceived ability. The truth, in fact, is that God often does not pay any attention what so ever to our perceived ability.
He know what he needs from us and calls us accordingly. The Judges show us that there is no formula for the kind of person God uses. He calls the powerful, the weak, the spiritually adept and the physically challenged (although I will proudly point out that Ehud proves that leftys are as blessed by God as everyone else).
As you read the rest of Judges ask yourself which one might well have been you.
What was familiar from this passage of scripture? What was something I already knew?
What was new from this piece of scripture? What was something that really stood out for me that I have never paid attention to before?
Does Jesus appear in this passage of scripture?
How does this passage apply to my life, here and now? Do I need to do anything about it?
What prayer would I offer up to God after reading this piece of scripture?
Tomorrow’s Reading: Judges 8-9