Aug17SunAugust 17, 2014
According to Gideon, his family (thousand) was poor (low, weak, thin), of the weakest clan (Manasseh), and he was the least (youngest, little or insignificant). Right after he questions the Lord about where are the miracles and being forsaken, he then goes into the excuse mode of why he’s not able to do what God is calling him to do (see Judg 6:14).
After God’s reassurance of what’s about to happen Gideon replies, “If now I have found grace (kindness, favor, beauty)” (Judg 6:17). Never underestimate the awesome grace of God. It’s more than the precious gift of salvation, it’s God’s ability engaged in our affairs: His all-out effort to do what no one else can or is willing to do for us. We can’t buy it; we can’t earn it; and most of all we don’t deserve it.
His grace is the essential means that our God uses to daily intervene in our lives. His grace is always sufficient but it requires our cooperation. Once you’re done making excuses, buy into the plan of God. Faith is the payment. Faith is the currency of the Kingdom. “Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price” Isa 55:1. Faith taps into grace and grace makes all things possible.
The children of Israel were deeply engaged in sin (again!) and God had instructed Gideon to destroy the altar of Baal and the Asherah groves (Canaanite goddess of fortune and happiness) used for idol worship and erect an altar unto Him. The people wanted to stone Gideon to death! They were so engrossed in their idolatrous worship till they could no longer recognize nor appreciate true worship. What should have led to conviction and repentance actually stirred up strife and anger. Grace does not turn a blind eye to sin, it brings the power to deliver us from it. Grace to you!