Sometimes afraid but obedient? Calling up the G-300
Gideon and the 300 is really about God's process to develop a reluctant leader and pull together a remnant to move in the earth.
Gid's a real piece of work - I think that's why I like him so much.
He's gets called one thing by God and another by men. He does pretty much everything at night. He talks back, he complains, he's afraid.
And yet, yet, yet....he always...ultimately....obeys.
He's reluctant to lead. He'd rather go back to sifting wheat in the dark in the winepress.
But God persistently pulls and pulls at his core identity until he willingly takes 300 up against 120,000: A 400 to 1 ratio!
In the natural, he nuts. He's afraid.
But He obeys.
William Wallace from the movie Braveheart reminds me of Gideon: A reluctant leader - He didn't want to be in the fight either - just wanted to farm and get by.
But once engaged, he's used to call up the few who will stand and fight rather than compromise and take the leftover scraps from the enemy.
There's no 'build a legacy' or bicker over credit with these men. They simply fill an urgent summons that compels them.
Judges 6 also has a name of God that needs to resonate deep in our gut in these times:
Jehovah Shalom or The Lord is Peace/Wholeness.
That's not an absence of war or conflict but rather the wholeness and rest of God in the midst of turmoil.
Lay hold of that reality even as you respond to the summons of the 300.
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