I meet with a group of men every Thursday morning at the ripe ole hour of 6:30 AM. Not being a morning person, I’m not quite sure what drew me to say yes to coming, but I’m sure glad I did. A year and a half later, I find myself in the middle of Judges as my group goes through the Bible from beginning to end.
Today’s lesson covered Gideon and Judges chapters 6-8.
We talked about serving, and listening to God. Not only to listen, but to also obey Him and what he asks of us.
James 1:22-25 tells us “22 But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. 23 For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. 24 You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. 25 But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.” (NLT)
We don’t ever have to fear what will happen when we obey. God will be with us and be our strength.
Judges 6:12 “The angel of the Lord appeared to him and said to him, ‘The Lord is with you, O valiant warrior.'” (NIV)
God loves going for the weakest, the least, the youngest, the “nobodies”.
Paul said in I Corinthians 1:26-29 “26 Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world’s eyes or powerful or wealthy[a] when God called you. 27 Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful. 28 God chose things despised by the world,[b] things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important. 29 As a result, no one can ever boast in the presence of God.” (NLT)
When God opens a door, we should walk through it without questioning what is on the other side. He will be there with us, and hold that door open so that it cannot be shut by anyone.
Revelations 3:8 “I know all the things you do, and I have opened a door for you that no one can close. You have little strength, yet you obeyed my word and did not deny me.” (NLT)
How cool is that?
If you feel like God has been calling on you, take a few minutes and ask Him what he would like from you. After that, listen and act accordingly.