hey gideon, your army’s too big!

random thoughts inspired by gideon…

if i say, ‘this one shall go with you,’ he shall go; but if i say, ‘this one shall not go with you,’ he shall not go.”

so gideon took the men down to the water…

the Lord said to gideon, “with the three hundred men that lapped i will save you and give the midianites into your hands. let all the other men go, each to his own place.”

notice that gideon did not know which group would be the ‘keepers’.  he was just following orders.  i think it’s fair enough to say that gideon would have preferred the 9,700, not the 300.

at this point in time gideon still struggles with fear (God deals with that later), but he has learnt how to listen.  if God says choose this group, then just do it.  God’s choice may seem a tad strange, but he’s the boss.

here’s what i think…

i think these 300 dudes were kinda strange.  they didn’t follow the crowd.  they didn’t follow the social custom of the 97%.  they didn’t care what people thought.

i think it was a big surprise when God selected the 300.  God selected the misfits.

i think it wasn’t random… god actually prepared the 300.  these dudes had a God-given desire to drink in a certain way, but they didn’t even know it.  the drink test was intended to reveal God’s choice.

so here’s my word for this season, for 2011…

God has prepared people for this season.  they are not the people that you & i would expect.  there will be surprises!

perhaps you feel like a misfit.  perhaps the things that God gives you just seem so different to everyone else.  you feel like you are going in a different direction to the crowd.  but perhaps God has prepared you for this season.  it’s your time.

that’s my 2 cents worth.

we desperately need leaders like gideon who can discern God’s choice.  God seems to delight in choosing the ‘wrong’ people.  we need leadership who can listen, even when God seems a little strange… (Judges 7:4)

if i say, ‘this one shall go with you,’ he shall go; but if i say, ‘this one shall not go with you,’ he shall not go.”

i like this song, from vineyard music, & the voice of rita springer.  enjoy.

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About kiwi in perth

god is good. :) really really good. my name is al; god called me to leadership & this is my journey.
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