The pain has come. God warned his people that if they did not follow him they were going to have some painful seasons of their life. They have sold themselves out to the people of the land, and now they are paying the price for it. Seven years they have found themselves under the rule of the Midianites. However, God still has an overall plan and purpose for his people Israel. He still plans to use them to bring Jesus into the world. So he isn’t going to hand them over completely.
During this time God will raise up leaders called judges to deliver the Israelites from oppression. He does so today in a man named Gibeon. On behalf of God and with the power of God Gideon does some pretty amazing things for the people. The first place he started was with the objects of worship. This is a powerful lesson for us to learn.
If we want to see change in our lives the first place we have to start is with our worship, with our devotion. It is great to have all these desires to change all sorts of issues in your life. However, when you remove something you are creating a void there. It has to be filled. Why not fill the void before you ever create it. Sure you might want to stop smoking, stop cursing, stop getting drunk, stop filling your mind with pornography, stop neglecting your children, stop turning first to anger, stop being overcome with road rage, and on and on. These are all noble things. But to be perfectly truthful … to do so, first you need to replace them with God and devotion to him. Do as Gideon and strike down the objects of your devotion that are not God, and then put full devotion to him.
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