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Devotional - week of February 5, 2006


LIVING OUT GOD'S VISION

 

Then the Lord turned to him [Gideon] and said, "Go in this might of yours, and you shall save Israel from the hand of the Midianites. Have I not sent you?"  Judges 6:14

 

God used the Midianites to oppress the Israelites because of their sins. The severe oppression resulted in the Israelites crying out to the Lord. In answer to their prayers, the Lord sent a prophet, to remind the Israelites of their sins. After that the Lord sent an angel to give Gideon the message of the verse above.

 

Gideon responded to the angel of the Lord with:

 

"O my Lord, how can I save Israel? Indeed my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father's house." 

 

Gideon’s immediate answer to the angel of the Lord indicates feelings of inferiority and incompetence. He obviously had never thought of himself doing anything that was significant. 

 

God responded to Gideon’s statement of insufficiency by telling Gideon that He would be with him. Then, through a series of miracles, God proved to him that he was to deliver the Israelites. Gideon led a military campaign resulting in the deliverance of the Israelites from the oppression of the Midianites.

 

Gideon began to have big thoughts about his life when God told him about the plans He had for him—plans for him to deliver Israel from the oppression of the Midianites.

 

Observation reveals that the great majority of believers think of themselves as Gideon did before his encounter with God.

 

Some suggest that we “think big” about our lives by creating our own big plans. That approach may succeed for some. It will result in failure, disappointment, and depression for those who know the Lord and make their own big plans about their work for God.

 

When we, however, live out our oneness with Christ and are in communion with God, as in the life of Gideon, God will reveal His vision for our lives. And His vision for our lives will be far greater than we could ever imagine. When we live out that vision, our service to God and man will be fruitful and fulfilling.