And it was so, when Gideon heard the telling of the dream, and the interpretation thereof, that he worshipped, and returned into the host of Israel, and said, Arise; for the Lord hath delivered into your hand the host of Midian. (Judges 7:15)
After the Hebrews occupied the Promise Land, they found themselves threatened by the surrounding nations because they did not obey God’s instructions to drive the inhabitants from their camps. The Hebrews also fell into idolatry repeatedly.
But God was faithful even when His people were not. He set up judges to guide His people back to Him. One such leader was an unlikely soul named Gideon. Gideon came from a poor family and was the least in his father’s house. And even though Gideon tested the Lord by putting out a fleece, God saw valor in the young man and chose Gideon to lead His army against the Midianites. The Lord sent Gideon and an army of three hundred men to fight the innumerable men of the Midian army. Not only was Gideon’s army small in number, they were armed with only trumpets, empty pitchers, and torches concealed under the pitchers. Oh … and God. During the night, Gideon and his men infiltrated the enemy’s camp. At Gideon’s signal, they blasted the trumpets and broke the pitchers, revealing the torches. God caused great confusion to fall on the Midianites, and they began to kill one another. Because Gideon trusted and obeyed God, he saved his people from the enemy. (You can read Gideon’s story in Judges chapters 6, 7, and 8.)
Like Gideon, Jesus was born of lowly state. However, He obeyed God’s instructions and saved the world from the enemy. Jesus is the Leader of the nations and will reign victorious forever.
How about you? What reminds you of Jesus that begins with the letter L?
See you in a twinkling,
Brenda K. Hendricks