Scripture Read: Judges 7:14-15 His friend replied, “This is nothing less than the sword of Gideon the son of Joash, a man of Israel; God has given Midian and all the camp into his hand.” When Gideon heard the account of the dream and its interpretation, he bowed in worship. He returned to the camp of Israel and said, “Arise, for the Lord has given the camp of Midian into your hands.”
Application: Who is like You oh God? The gods of man are self-serving, vindictive, removed, unsympathetic and cruel! They have no desire to encourage or to be merciful to their followers. Because they are from the mind of fallen man, their delight is in suffering and fear. That is how they make those that created them become their servants. But You oh Lord, though awesome and the only Being in the universe that can destroy both body and soul, You desire redemption and relationship with those that have rebelled against You. You are kind, compassionate and very sympathetic to those that follow You. Your mercy is extended even when we are not obedient. You are faithful to us even when we are not faithful to You.
In this small portion of a tremendous story – we see the ultimate reaction that every one of us should experience when the reality of Who God is finally becomes the Truth in our heart. Gideon has been on a journey that all of us must make if we are to enter into a relationship with our Creator. His journey is unique, as each of ours will be. God did not make a “one size fits all” path to this reality. There are as many paths as there are people. Each has it’s own flavor, smell and intensity. Some paths seem so much greater or dramatic than our path, yet we need to be careful in those thoughts. God and God alone understands the makeup of each individual He created and He alone knows what needs to happen inside that person to illuminate their heart to the Truth about Who He is. Some individuals seem to have a path that is only a few steps, while others are miles long. Gideon’s path was very complicated with many turns and twists. What is revealing about this whole process, no matter the path, no matter the difficulty or apparent ease, no matter the length…ALL end in the same place! Notice, God extended extraordinary grace to Gideon, allowing him to hear the dream of the Midianite, yet, Gideon’s reaction is exactly the same as every person that follows their path of discovery of our Lord – “he bowed in worship” This is where the path ends! When we come face to face with the reality that You God, are God, we fall to our face and adore You!
Why would You…God, be conscious or caring of a creature like me? Even my wife, my family or my closet friend might forget me at times, but You are mindful of me all the days of my life. You have even set an appointment for me to meet You after this part of life is over! Oh Lord, thank You that because of Jesus Christ I need not fear that appointment!! Dear friend, do not ignore the reality of God or His desire to be in a loving relationship with you. When you take your path…at the end you will find Him there, waiting for you. Then you will experience the joy of worship of the Real God!
Meditation Questions: How often do you consider the goodness of God? Do you tell Him? What does that show you? Where are you in your journey with God? Have you thought about that? What does that show you? When was the last time all you did was praise Him? What does that show you? Why not take a moment right now, slow your life down, relax and be quiet for a few minutes reflecting on Who God is? Offer Him your praise!