Last week, we were with a group studying the story of Gideon. Although I always pictures Gideon as a hero, I’ve recently seen how normal he was- sinful and doubting just like the rest of us. Rather than being a story to inspire us in our attempts to conjure up great faith and become heroes ourselves, the story of Gideon is actually a reminder to us.
Gideon’s story shows that God will not give up on us. Even if our background is bad, even when we are cowards, even when we complain, God will not let us go. The purpose he has (to spread his glory around the world) and his love (welcoming us into his family and the spreading of his glory) will not be stopped. His love for me and the increase of his glory, those will never stop.
As we read Gideon’s story, my mind went to these verses in Isaiah. We’ve working on memorizing some of these verses with the kids, and thanks to the FighterVerse songs, they’ve stuck with me.
8 “Remember this and stand firm,
recall it to mind, you transgressors,
9 remember the former things of old;
for I am God, and there is no other;
I am God, and there is none like me,
10 declaring the end from the beginning
and from ancient times things not yet done,
saying, ‘My counsel shall stand,
and I will accomplish all my purpose,’
11 calling a bird of prey from the east,
the man of my counsel from a far country.
I have spoken, and I will bring it to pass;
I have purposed, and I will do it.
12 “Listen to me, you stubborn of heart,
you who are far from righteousness:
13 I bring near my righteousness; it is not far off,
and my salvation will not delay;
I will put salvation in Zion,
for Israel my glory.”