Introduction: If you are ready to experience a victorious chapter in your life, pay attention to this chapter. This discussion centers on how, “We should work on night time worship.”
1. Some may have extra duty. Notice in Judges 7:8 that the 300 that remained were called to carry the provisions and trumpets of those who left.
In like manner, some of us in the church, in our communities, in our families, and on our jobs feel like we have extra duty because of those who have left or have just stopped participating. We should remember that we can only do what we can do. But when we do our best, we can trust God to handle the rest (see Mark 6:31-44).
We should also remember that serving the Lord pays off (see Lk. 10:29-30) both after-while and right now. Let’s work on trusting God, as we carry out our extra duties.
2. Leaders need helpers like Purah (Poo-rah). Notice in Judges 7:10-11 that Gideon called on Purah to go with him into the enemies’ camp. First, every leader has his or her weaker moments. The leader’s anointing has much more to do with the Anointer than the leader (see II Cor. 4:7; Rom. 3:10).
Second, leaders need helpers who can be with them despite weaker moments. Whatever the reason for a leader not having close helpers, when the leader feels alone, he/she is not at his/her best, and the sheep are at risk (see Mt. 26:31b). Leaders and helpers need to work on helping the leader stay strong for the sake of the team (see Ex. 17:12 Rom. 12:5).
Third, God’s plans includes the short comings of the leader. As God knew Gideon better than he knew himself and yet decided to use him, God does the same today.
The issue for us is, “Will we cooperate with God’s use of people like Gideon (i.e., people who are about as holy as we are), or will God have to keep us in earlier chapters, until we grow up”? Let’s focus on God’s providing the victory, instead of the shortcomings of who God has sent as the leader.
3. Even the enemy knows that God will win. Notice in Judges 7:12-14 that the enemies were dreaming about God winning the battle. As disciples of Christ, we don’t need to dream, we have the word of God.
But when was the last time you dreamed, read, or thought about how God punishes sin and works things out for the good of the leader He sent (Jg 7:14) and God’s people? Do we live accordingly? Let’s work on living like we believe God will win. This includes obedience and expectation.
4. We owe God our worship. Notice in Judges 7:15 that Gideon worshipped the Lord. We should remember that worship is not only an expression of gratitude for what God has done, is doing, and will do.
But worship is also an expression of our allegiance to obeying His will. Our worship should include our lips (see Ps. 107:2) and lives (Heb. 13:15-16; Mt. 15:8). Let’s worship the Lord with our lips and lives.
5. We should worship the Lord, right now. Notice in Judges 7:15 that Gideon worshipped the Lord at night in the enemies’ camp. Some people only worship in the pleasant sunlight and after the battle is over.
You may be feeling like you are in a night time situation, getting ready for a battle that others have already said you would lose, and feeling like you are in the enemies’ camp.
But remember to worship God, right now, because as bad as it may seem, it could have been worse. And by the grace of God, it will get better. Remember passages like Psalm 30:5; Romans 8:37; Isaiah 54:17. Let’s work on worshipping the Lord at all times.
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