Find the Seed: God’s Word
He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters.
Psalm 18:16 NIV
Prepare the Soil: Devotional & Prayer
When God called Gideon to fight, this mighty man of God who would deliver his fellow Israelites hid and asked God if He was sure He’d picked the right man. From our perspective, it seems crazy for Gideon to ask God if He is sure. Many of us know what happens at the end of the story, but we must not overlook the extreme difficulty which caused Gideon to be so terribly fearful and insecure.
Gideon lived in a desperate time. He and his fellow Israelites had allowed the sin of idol worship which brought the consequence of being ruled by the cruel, harsh Midianites. Far beyond bullies, the Midianites were abusing and starving the Israelites, taking not only their harvest, but Judges 6:6b NLT says the Midianites “stripped [the land] bare.”
Gideon was hiding in a wine press, frightened, just like his fellow Israelites, trying to seek out just enough sustenance to keep him and his immediate family alive. In Judges 6:12, the angel of the Lord appeared to him and said, “The Lord is with you, you mighty man of valor!” The word valor, in other translations, is interpreted as brave. The angel of God shows up to a quivering, quaking, fearful man and says, “Hello, there Brave Superhero, you have the favor of God!” With insecurity surrounding him, Gideon was desperate in His task to defeat the Midian army, so he asked God for confirmation.
Are you facing a desperate situation? It could be a desperate need of confidence, guidance, comfort, or hope. Regardless, our Heavenly Father wants you to experience breakthrough and freedom even more than you want it. Ask Him to show you the plan to victory. While you’re waiting for the answer, ask God what you can sacrifice or give up right now as you put your trust in Him. He may want you to commit to pray, to give of your time or finances, or to read His Word. When we pray out of desperation and offer ourselves, we land in a place that is fully dependent on God alone. The Lord made it clear, Gideon was the chosen man to lead his family and fellow Israelites to breakthrough and freedom. In like manner, God wishes to use your breakthrough to point the way to freedom to your family and friends.
Prayer: Father, I come to you now in need of You. I cry out in desperation for my family, my circumstance, and my situation. Lord, lead me to a place of dependence and trust in You. I offer you everything I am and everything I have. Thank you for drawing me out of deep waters. In Jesus name, Amen.
Get Rooted: Apply it Today
What are you desperately seeking God for? How, in your waiting, will you choose to glorify Him?
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