Friday, July 11, 2014

All Glory belongs to God

God led me in Judges 7 yesterday.  It's about how God gave the Midianites into the hands of Israel. Gideon was called Jerubbaal because after Gideon destroyed the altar of Baal, they wanted to kill him, but his father said if Baal is a god let him plead for himself and then his father threatened to kill all who wanted to plead Baal's case. So from then on Gideon was called Jerubbaal.

The army with Gideon was 32 000 men, but God only wanted to use 300 men, because God knew they would claim the glory for themselves when He gives them the victory over the Midianites. God wanted the glory for himself! No one else!

God told Gideon to go down to the enemy's camp in the valley below and if he was afraid, then he should take his servant with him and go listen to what they have to say and that he will be greatly encouraged!
So Gideon took his servant Purah and went down to the camp.

The armies of Midian and Amalek and the people of the east had settled in the valley like a swarm of locusts and their camels were like grains of sand on the seashore, too many to count! Wow! Just think how many they were against these 300 men who are going to come against them!

So Gideon heard a Midianite soldier tell his friend about a dream he had. He said in his dream a loaf of barley bread came rolling down into the camp and hit a tent and turned it over and knocked it flat!
See what our God did!...God gave the interpretation of the dream to the Midianite soldier's friend!
The friend said God has given Gideon the Israelite, victory over all the armies united with the Midianites!
When Gideon heard that he knelt down and worshipped God and thanked Him.

Then they went down to the edge of the camp with blazing torches in one hand (covered with clay jars) and rams horns in the other and when they got there they blew on the horns and broke the clay jars and shouted "The sword of the LORD, and of Gideon!".
Each man stood at their position around the camp and blew on their horns! Meanwhile in the camp in the dark, God confused the Midianites so much that they started killing each other! They were in a panic, shouting as they ran.

Then Gideon sent for his other warriors to chase down the fleeing Midianites. They captured the two generals of the Midianites and decapitated them and brought their heads to Gideon.

Then the jealousy started, the other warriors asked Gideon why he did not send for them when he first went out to fight the Midianites. They had a heated argument with Gideon, but I believe God gave Gideon the wisdom to appease their anger. Gideon told them that God gave them victory over the two generals and what he did does not even compare to that. They were no longer angry. Gideon was being very humble.

See, if God had used all of them from the start, they would have ignored the fact that God was the one who gave them the victory. They would have boasted in their own might! They would have stolen God's glory which belongs to Him and Him alone! God knew exactly what He was doing, using only 300 men.

What is the lesson to be learned from this?....be humble and God will use you mightily for HIS glory.

People always want the glory for themselves, but.....
░░░░░▒▒▓▓GOD ALONE GETS THE GLORY!▓▓▒▒░░░░░