A familiar story
Probably one of the most familiar stories in Judges is the story of Gideon. Those of you who were brought up in Sunday school have probably heard the story many times.
But God doesn’t want us to come to His Word, going “ho-hum, heard that one before.” His Word is “quick” as the old King James Version says. That means it’s “alive.” Think of the “quick” under your fingernails—very much “alive,” as you know, if you’ve ever gotten a splinter under there!
Remember our questions from yesterday and how we can use them to dialog with the Lord. What are You trying to tell me through this passage? Is there a promise here I can claim? Is there a command I should obey? Is there a principle I need to put to work in my life? Is there an example I should follow?
So what can we learn from this familiar story? One thing that jumped out at me is in verse 6.6:
“So Israel was greatly impoverished because of the Midianites, and the children of Israel cried out to the LORD.”
Difficult times should drive us to prayer, as well, but passages like this should also remind us that ongoing consistent prayer for God’s wisdom can keep us from many of the consequences of our own foolishness which bring financial and other problems.