FROM THE WMF PRESIDENT
Our battle for this month is well known, I’m sure:
Gideon Defeats the Midianites Judges 7:1-25
In the preceding chapter (Judges 6:12) Gideon is met by an angel messenger “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.” These are perilous times and you are being enlisted. His response is humility (vs. 15) “Who me?” “My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least of my family.” God’s answer then and now is I WILL BE WITH YOU!
First task tear down your father’s altar to Baal and cut down the Asherah pole (Judges 6:25). Idols Ugh! Psalm 115:5-8 describes them…they are nothing. Ladies let us look at what idols may privately hinder our public usefulness too.
Then comes the fleece (Judges 6:36). This is the “Lord I believe, help my unbelief” moment (Mark 9:24). Gideon learned to trust step by step. The Lord is patient in your faith walk, too. Two steps forward and three steps back sometimes. But again, God shows...HE IS WITH YOU!!
Then, too many men (Judges 7:2,3). In 7:1-7 we read the process of reducing an army. Success is determined by God’s power – not ours. Gideon started with 33,000 and 22,000 were excused for fear. Then 10,700 were excused for their drinking habits. Then, only 300 remain. Now we see the victory in Jesus. The lamp and horn – the sword of the Lord and of Gideon. There were no weapons, only trumpets and broken pitchers to reveal a lamp (Judges 7:22). “And the gates of hell shall not prevail (Matthew 6:18b).” The small army meant Israel would know that He – the Lord – (not Gideon) won this battle. Gideon’s name means overcomer – last fall we chose that as our theme for 2020 (I John 5:4,5).
Maybe you are on the threshing floor today or threshing in the wine press. Be ready for God to speak. “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.” (Judges 6:12)
But Lord if you are with us, why is this happening? (Covid-19, Racism, Political Unrest)
“Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand. Am I not sending you?” (Judges 6:14)
Every name that has been placed on a WMF ballot has had that moment of struggle, I am sure. “I am weak – I am the weakest” (Judges 6:15)
Trust in the Lord when he reiterates…I WILL BE WITH YOU! Be a bold warrior today. The battle belongs to the Lord.
I’ll see you soon.