Friday, September 25, 2009

Greetings and Another Gem by Jon Walker

Happy Friday! How I miss you! Be assured that even though life is keeping me from blogging much these days, know that so many of you pass through my thoughts (and subsequently my prayers) on a daily basis. You are loved, sweet friends. Loved indeed.

I received this message earlier today from GraceCreates, a daily devotional message written by one of my favorites, Jon Walker. Like so many others, this one is simply too good to keep to myself. See if this doesn't just give you an added measure of strength today.

Have a wonderful weekend!


God Sees Who?

The Lord turned to [Gideon] and said, “Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand. Am I not sending you?” Judges 6:14 (NIV)
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Gideon was the least member of the weakest clan in the tribe of Manasseh.

His task on the day in question was the tedious threshing of wheat, a process where the cereal grain is knocked loose from the chaff.

But this devotional is not about agriculture. It’s about God’s ability to see you for who you are meant to be not for what you appear to be. God saw Gideon as a mighty warrior and judge who would lead the Israelites back to their proper worship of God (Judges 6:12).

Gideon, on the other hand, saw himself as just a guy cranking wheat through a creaky old winepress.

But that didn’t matter to God. He told Gideon: “Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand. Am I not sending you?” (Judges 6:14 NIV).

(Note to servants of God: The strength of the Sender is more important than the strength, or perceived weakness, of the one being sent.)

Gideon was still stuck in tunnel vision, believing what he thought and what he saw was the truth. To paraphrase the ancient Hebrew, Gideon told God, “I just don’t have what it takes, Lord. I know you’re perfect, but I think you made a mistake” (Judges 6:15 NIV).

Again, paraphrasing the ancient Hebrew, God says to Gideon, “Get your head out of the wheat dust and pay attention to me. I will be with you and so, yes, you will strike down all the Midianites as if they are no more than one man” (Judges 6:16).

It doesn’t matter what Gideon says about himself or what others say about Gideon. Only one opinion counts: God’s.

What God says about Gideon is the truth.

What God says about you is the truth. You are a precious child, created in his image; a sweet aroma that is pleasing to the Lord.


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4 comments:

Peggy said...

Blessings Tracy...my how I've missed you...it has been months for us! I pray that you are well, enJoying your time or season and that this devotion by Jon Walker has strengthened you as well. I love this (and think Melanie @ Bella Mella could use this encouragement with her son, Andrew & their whole family:

"The strength of the Sender is more important than the strength, or perceived weakness, of the one being sent."

Thanks for the link! May you be blessed as you bless us & miss us but so glad that God is using you!
love, prayers & (((hugs)))

Diana said...

Thank you for this encouragement and site! Blessings to you.


Diana

Paula (SweetPea) said...

Thanks for sharing. Miss hearing from you. I see you have a new Aqua Poppy design.

Take care.
Love,
Paula

Just a little something from Judy said...

This is a great devotional! What a encouraging and inspiring message for me today. Truly, only God's opinion counts, and I need to daily be reminded of that. I am going to subscribe for this devotional. I like how he writes and shares. Thank you Tracy.