Sunday, December 2, 2018

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

Midnight Encouragement
Judges 7:1-23
Your hands shall be strengthened to go down against the camp. (Judges 7:11)
The Midianites and their allies had invaded Israel. It was the time of the judges, and Gideon could muster only 32,000 men against an army “as numerous as locusts” (Judges 7:12). Then God cut the army down to 300 (vs.2-7). Gideon was afraid, so God sent him into the enemy camp at night. Crouching behind cover, the Israelite captain heard one soldier tell another about a dream (vs.13-14). A loaf of barley bread had tumbled into the Midianite camp, destroying one of its tents. His friend saw it as a sure sign that Gideon would win the battle.
Gideon was greatly encouraged. After worshiping God, he returned to the camp, organized his 300 men with their trumpets and lamps, and routed the superior Midianite forces (vs.15-22).
As Christ’s followers we’re not battling armies, but we are at war. Spiritual foes attack us (Ephesians 6:10-12). They undermine our confidence and sap our strength. We’re also battling ourselves—our weaknesses, fears, doubts (Romans 7:15-25). After a while, we can get discouraged.
But our God is the great Encourager. When our resolve weakens or vision fades, by His power He will give us the strength we need (Ephesians 3:16)—even when the enemy seems more numerous than a swarm of locusts.
Dear Lord, help me to put my trust in you when the odds are against me. Amen.THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
To trust is to triumph, for the battle is the Lord's.

Christian Education Forum, Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church