In Judges 6, we read about the Israelites and their oppressed state by the Midianites. The Israelites turned back to their evil ways and so the Lord allowed them to reach a very low point.
Judges 6:6 (ESV)
And Israel was brought very low because of Midian. And the people of Israel cried out for help to the LORD.
We, too, go through similar issues when we disobey the Lord, He gives us chances and warnings, but we don’t heed to them. At times, it takes something drastic in our life for us to acknowledge the Lord. This is not the way it was intended. The Lord wants us to be prepared at all times. But we choose to call upon Him when we are in distress. Just imagine how that makes Him feel? Perhaps used; like a selfish friendship. We only call upon them when we really need something. Eventually, we lose the friendship because he/she realizes that you’re taking advantage of them.
When we call upon the Lord, there’s always rescue coming our way. Gideon became that rescuer for the Israelites. But he wasn’t ready!
Judges 6:15-17 (AMP)
15Gideon said to Him, Oh Lord, how can I deliver Israel? Behold, my clan is the poorest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house. 16The Lord said to him, Surely I will be with you, and you shall smite the Midianites as one man.17Gideon said to Him, If now I have found favor in Your sight, then show me a sign that it is You Who talks with me.
Throughout the Bible, we see history repeating itself. Moses, Jonah, and King Saul, to name a few, were called upon the Lord. All three questioned their assignment and didn’t want the position. But the Lord didn’t give up on them. We might question if these men knew who they really were.
We all come from different walks of life and many times we don’t feel equipped to do a certain task. When we’re called upon the Lord, it’s a shock to us. We see Gideon behaving the same way. He comes from the poorest tribe and the least of his father’s house. What we fail to understand is that God is not a respecter of persons. He sees what we have on the inside; not on the outside. We may not know who we are, but God does.
First impression is critical as we meet new people. When we look at ourselves, are we projecting what we want others to see in us? Or do we project a person completely different? Are we into things and don’t consider how it affects what people think about us?
The things you do doesn’t show who you really are. If someone was to ask you, “Who are you?” What is your response? Many of us would answer something like this:
I’m a 20 year old college student who is struggling with my grades and work part time to get a little extra cash.
I’m a 40 year old single mom with four children and work a full time job to provide for them.
This is not who you are! This is what you do. Do you really know yourself? What are your likes and dislikes? What do you enjoy to do in your spare time? What makes you laugh and cry? What are your hobbies?
Many times we take on what our parents wanted us to be, live through our children and spouses. The only one you should be living for is the one who died on the Cross in Calvary .
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (AMP)
19Do you not know that your body is the temple (the very sanctuary) of the Holy Spirit Who lives within you, Whom you have received [as a Gift] from God? You are not your own, 20You were bought with a price [purchased with a preciousness and paid for, made His own]. So then, honor God and bring glory to Him in your body.
There’s a rule we have at home. We ask ourselves, “What would Jesus do?” From how we dress to our actions, we are a temple for the Holy Spirit to reside in. Shouldn’t we take some pride of our appearance and character?
So many times I hear people say that the members of the Church are no better than the people of the world. What are we doing as Christians to portray this?
Romans 12:2 (AMP)
Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you].
If our bodies are a place for the Holy Spirit to reside in and our minds shouldn’t be consumed with the things of this world but of the Will of God, then do we know who we are? Not by the worldly but the Heavenly standards? Do the things we do reflect who we really are in Christ?
We have to be examples to those who are weak and feeble.
Romans 14:20-21 (AMP)
20You must not, for the sake of food, undo and break down and destroy the work of God! Everything is indeed [ceremonially] clean and pure, but it is wrong for anyone to hurt the conscience of others or to make them fall by what he eats.21The right thing is to eat no meat or drink no wine [at all], or [do anything else] if it makes your brother stumble or hurts his conscience or offends or weakens him.
We all carry a leadership role; there is always someone looking up to us. Because of this, we should always do the right thing or “What would Jesus do?” If we are mentoring those new in the faith, we have to do as we say. It is our responsibility to teach and groom those who are weak. Even if it means not doing something you normally do that could stumble the person. Who are we in our spiritual walk with the Lord and how do we use this to provide examples to others?
May the Lord give you wisdom and bless you in a special way as you ponder on the questions of this week!