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March 8, 2013

What God can do with broken pots

Judges 7:2, 19: “And the LORD said to Gideon, The people who are with you are too many for Me to give the Midianites into their hands, lest Israel claim glory for itself against Me, saying, ‘My own hand has saved me.’…19 So Gideon and the hundred men who were with him came to the outpost of the camp at the beginning of the middle watch, just as they had posted the watch; and they blew the trumpets and broke the pitchers that were in their hands.”

Christopher Reeve once said that a hero in an ordinary person who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles. Most of us remember Christopher Reeve in the role of Superman. The man of steel had superhuman strength and abilities that exceeded a mere mortal. But, what would happen if Superman were forced to face obstacles without superhuman strength? What if Superman was just that, a man?

In Judges 7 that is exactly what happens. A mere mortal man faces what is seemingly an impossible task. Even though Judges 6 records that Gideon questions the Lord’s work and even questions the Lord’s way, He nevertheless used Gideon to win one of the greatest battles recorded in the Bible. Sometimes we feel we are not qualified to be used by God when we ask questions and wonder about His work and His way. Never forget that Gideon question God but He used Gideon to win one of the greatest and most memorable battles in the Bible.

Never Doubt the Lord’s Plan, Even if it Doesn’t make Sense

Joshua 7:2 “And the LORD said to Gideon, The people who are with you are too many for Me to give the Midianites into their hands…proclaim in the hearing of the people, saying, ‘Whoever is fearful and afraid, let him turn and depart at once from Mount Gilead.’ And 22,000 of the people returned, and 10,000 remained. But the LORD said to Gideon, ‘The people are still too many…’”

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