Winning Through Worship
Mighty God, You inhabit all times and places. I praise You because You are Lord of all and my God.
Read JUDGES 7:15-24
Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. All rights reserved throughout the world. Used by permission of International Bible Society.
“Jesus understood how to leverage a minority position into an overwhelming force. To touch the whole world, he had to begin by deliberately focusing on a few (the Twelve)” (Leighton Ford).
It’s a wonderful rout. The Midianites and their allies are thrown into disarray and self-destruction. They panic and flee from the sound of the trumpets and the sight of all those torches. Notice that the rout starts in Gideon’s own attitude to God in vs. 15 and 16: God’s leadership of Gideon leads to three crucial elements in Gideon’s leadership. As you read, think of the leaders in your fellowship and pray for them.
First, worship. It’s the reflex of Gideon’s renewed soul; the Hebrew word means “to bow down.” Gideon, with lowly reverence, exalts God. If the leadership of God’s people doesn’t start with humbling themselves before God, then the leadership will be prone to arrogance. It’s not enough just to say that God is great; we have to feel that we ourselves are not.
Second, encouragement that stirs people into brave action. Gideon has been blessed by God; now he passes the encouragement on. As leaders have been treated by God, so they must treat others. If leaders need to be made brave, others will, too. It’s too easy for leaders to discourage others or to allow the “it can’t be done” folk in the fellowship to carry the day.
Third, a plan of action and the courage to take the lead. This is no time for discussion groups. The time to act is now! Gideon knows what to do (are the stories of Joshua and Jericho in his mind?) and he’s going to get on with it. “Follow my lead” (17) expresses the impetus that God has given with his lead. Because Gideon is humbly following God, he has the boldness to say “Follow me.”
To whom can you pass on some encouragement from God today? Plan to do it as soon as possible.
Lord Jesus, Captain of my salvation, command my soul so that it might not be ruled by fear, but be filled with courage and overflow with encouragement.
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