A short devotional on Judges 7:17-22. For more ways to connect visit UmpquaConnect.org.
Good Morning! I'm your host Lonnie Wibberding, and you are listening to Umpqua Connect. A daily devotional podcast sent out from the beautiful Umpqua Valley of Southern Oregon.
Today is Wednesday, October 14, 2020
It is our third and final podcast on Gideon today. The story goes on, but we will end our journey here. God has taken Gideon on a journey. First, sending an angel to call him to deliver God's people. Then he takes a first step and tears down the worship place for Baal, a false god.
Then Gideon calls the people together, and during this process asks for reassurance with the fleece. And God gives him that reassurance.
After this God thins out the people. Instead of the 32,000 that responded to his call to battle, God leaves him with 300 men.
But even here, God doesn't leave him. God says if you are afraid, go down to the camp of Midian and listen. Gideon does, and hears one man telling another of a dream he had. A nightmare really. In the nightmare Gideon comes and attacks the camp.
Now Gideon is ready to go. His faith has been strengthened. And now with his faith strong in the fact that God is with him, he goes forward. Here is what happens
Judges 7:17-22 says:
17 “Watch me,” he told them. “Follow my lead. When I get to the edge of the camp, do exactly as I do. 18 When I and all who are with me blow our trumpets, then from all around the camp blow yours and shout, ‘For the Lord and for Gideon.’”
19 Gideon and the hundred men with him reached the edge of the camp at the beginning of the middle watch, just after they had changed the guard. They blew their trumpets and broke the jars that were in their hands. 20 The three companies blew the trumpets and smashed the jars. Grasping the torches in their left hands and holding in their right hands the trumpets they were to blow, they shouted, “A sword for the Lord and for Gideon!” 21 While each man held his position around the camp, all the Midianites ran, crying out as they fled.
22 When the three hundred trumpets sounded, the Lord caused the men throughout the camp to turn on each other with their swords. The army fled to Beth Shittah toward Zererah as far as the border of Abel Meholah near Tabbath.
Victory comes as Gideon follows God's command and let's God do God's part.
What kind of victory do you need today? Perhaps it's time to go forward, trusting God will do his part to finish the work He has called you to do.
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