Judges chapter 6 and 7 talks about a powerful story of God using a weak, insignificant man to give a great victory and deliverance to a whole nation. Here are some of the lessons God taught me through this great story.
- No complex solutions but simple trust and obedience (7 v16)
When faced with a powerful enemy, human inclination is to think of a complex solution with complex logistics and several other factors! No one would have come out with a solution involving trumpets, jars and lights. With God on our side we don’t need complex solutions all the time. We just need to be in a place of quietness and trust and simply obey God.
- Sometimes our own actions can limit God (6 v35)
It was Gideon who sent invitation to all the people to join him in the battle(chapter 6 verse 35). But God said to Gideon (chapter 7 verse 2), “you have too many people I cannot the enemies in to your hands.” Sometimes our actions can limit God from doing what he wants. So we need to make sure we are in tune with God before taking any major decisions.
- God is interested in quality than quantity (7:6)
God asked Gideon to send the people back home who are fearful. He then sifted the people based on how they drink water. God chose the three hundred who drank from cupped hands, lapping like dogs. All the rest got down on their knees to drink. Some bible scholars say, that drinking water with cupped hands shows alertness as others who kneeled down must have kept the weapons down when they drank the water. Whilst we don’t know the actual reason behind God’s selection, one thing is sure. God is not interested in how many people we have. He is interested in what kind of people we are.
- Our enemies are afraid of us and they know we are capable of destroying their kingdoms (7:13)
Gideon was a fearful man by nature. God asked Gideon to “eavesdrop” his enemy’s conversation about him. Gideon heard his enemies were afraid of him that he is going to destroy them. This revelation totally transformed him! Our enemy satan is well aware of what we are capable of through Christ. He is afraid of us and he knows that we are capable of destroying his kingdom when we join hands with God.
- A leader has to be transformed first before he can transform a nation (7 v15)
Chapter 6 and 7 contains 65 verses in total. Out of these, 57 verses are about Gideon’s transformation from a fearful man to a confident leader. The victory for the nation was summarized in just 4 verses. A leader has to be transformed first before he can transform a nation. God will wait however long it might take because he knows what a transformed leader is capable of.
- God can give victory to a nation with just empty jars that are ready to be broken (7 v19)
God didn’t give a submarine or a sophisticated military weapon to Gideon. He gave victory with “empty jars which were broken”. Throughout the bible God chose weak people who were flawed and insignificant. God loves empty jars that are ready to be broken. Our brokenness can result in healing for many. God does not call the qualified, but he qualifies the called. Paul said, “But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us”.
- A leader should lead an exemplary life (7 v17)
After Gideon got transformed he told the people, “Watch me, Follow my lead. When I get to the edge of the camp, do exactly as I do.” A leader should live such a life that he can boldly say, “Watch me, follow my lead and do exactly as I do.”
This message is written by Bro. Davidson Samuel who is an IT Professional / Subject Matter Expert in Banking domain, based out of Scotland, UK.
As each of you has received a gift (a particular spiritual talent, a gracious divine endowment), employ it for one another as [befits] good trustees of God’s many-sided grace [faithful stewards of the extremely diverse powers and gifts granted to Christians by unmerited favor].
1 Peter 4:10 (AMPC)
We are called to be a faithful stewards of all that has entrusted to us – stewards not only of money, but also of the diverse grace of God.
Each of us have been endowed with a gift to be employed to serve and help each other.
This awareness and the responsibility that comes with it will help us to use our gifts for God’s glory – even in the workplace.
We can still choose to use our expertise with selfish motives and for self-aggrandizement, but that is not good stewardship and does not bring glory to God.
The gifts and expertise that God has given generously should be used judiciously to serve others with humility.
Be a good manager of your God-given expertise and use it to serve others.
Be submissive to every human institution and authority for the sake of the Lord.
I Peter 2:13a
We are free individuals in Christ and not slaves to anyone.
But, at the same time, we are commanded to respect and honour our superiors at our workplace as they are ordained by God.
By doing so, you can silence the voice of your oppressors.
And you don’t give room for anyone to find fault in your conduct.
When you do what is pleasing in God’s sight and obey HIs word, His presence will be with you to protect you and help you find favour in the sight of your superiors.
Let’s endeavour to follow Christ’s example in everything we do, just as He submitted to the Father’s will on the cross.
God has called us to live a higher standard of living – even at our workplace.
Since by your obedience to the Truth through the [Holy] Spirit you have purified your hearts for the sincere affection of the brethren, [see that you] love one another fervently from a pure heart.
1 Peter 1: 22 (AMPC)
Not a single day goes by without any kind of collaboration with your colleagues across different teams and locations.
This gives you an opportunity to reveal the fruits of the Spirit and be a witness for Christ.
Whether you are sharing knowledge, training, handling disagreements or conflicts, giving & taking orders be conscious to flavour each interaction with love.
Always treat your co-worker with kindness, honour, and courteousness. Don’t hesitate to go the extra mile when you interact with them.The way you handle your team members and colleagues will improve the morale of the team.
Be Alert! Every working hour is an opportunity to be the salt and the light of your company.
And if you call upon Him as [your] Father Who judges each one impartially according to what he does, [then] you should conduct yourselves with true reverence throughout the time of your temporary residence [on the earth, whether long or short].
I Peter 1:17 (AMPC)
We are called to live our daily lives in reverence toward God.
This reverence also extends to our job and workplace, where we perform our duties before God.
Right now, you may be worried and disturbed about favouritism in your workplace.
Or you may be underpaid and not given the due compensation for your work.
Or your promotion may be delayed because of your superiors’ partiality.
Don’t give up on doing your best work each day.
God, who is an impartial judge, will appraise everybody’s work fairly and righteously.
You will surely be rewarded for your work very soon.
Hold on to your high standards and continue to glorify God at your workplace.
No good work escapes the eye of the heavenly Master and your reward is on its way.