11 May: The Insanity of Obedience

This story from ancient times shows how either insane it can be, or utterly brilliant it is, to obey the Creator God…

READ JUDGES 7  Make notes, if you’d like, of what stands out for you. Feel free to use the “Leave a Comment” box below to also write some of your thoughts.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:

Tentatively, as if it were nuts to even say it, my friend explained how she’d experienced a very strong feeling while reading Judges 6-7. The sensation came with a message about our Michael, who was about 12 at the time. Feeling quite silly, her cryptic message was that our Mikey had (what she could only describe as) “a Gideon spirit” – whatever that meant. After Mikey passed away, this phone call became one of a string of “supernatural Breadcrumbs”, and I wrote about her obedience that night, in my first book Breadcrumbs in the Storm.

From a military perspective Gideon’s story in today’s chapter is pure insanity! But Gideon’s following a Superpower who’s publicly declared:

“…once more I will astound these people with wonder upon wonder; the wisdom of the wise will perish, the intelligence of the intelligent will vanish.”[a] “…I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”[b]

The Creator God is specialized in taking ordinary people and doing extraordinary things through them.  But the extraordinary can be impractical, unreasonable, crazy and senseless – if measured against human standards. The question for me today is, whether I’m willing to be like one of Gideon’s jars of clay[c] – broken, but in good hands…

Read More? …CLICK on “11 May – Additional Notes”

But what about your thoughts – can you tell me what today’s “breadcrumb” is? Leave a note in the “Comments” box below to tell me what you think of today’s chapter.

Wanting to speak directly to the invisible Creator? The rest of this webpage uses Jesus’ own prayer to help…[d]

THE LORD’S PRAYER:

   1.   Praise: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your Name. Your Kingdom come! Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven …”

Let me bow down in worship Lord my Maker and let me kneel before You. For You, Lord, are my God and I’m part of the people in Your pasture, the flock under Your care. [Psalm 95:6-7]

   2.   Ask: “…Give us today our daily bread…”

  • The World: Pray for the people of Ecuador[e]
  • Your Country: The Great Commission[f]
  • Yourself: Opportunities to share God’s Good News
  • Your concerns for today
In time, Father God, You make everything beautiful. You’ve also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what You’ve done from beginning to end. [Ecclesiastes 3:11]

   3.   Admit: “…Forgive us our sin as we forgive those who sin against us…”

Give ear, our God, and hear. Open Your eyes and see the desolation we’ve caused ourselves. I don’t make requests of You because I’m righteous, but because of Your great mercy. Lord, listen! Lord, forgive! Lord, hear and act! For Your own sake, my God, do not delay. [Daniel 9:18-20]

   4.   Protect: “…Lead us not into temptation but delivers us from evil.”

You are the resurrection and the life, Lord. The one who believes in You will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in You will never die. I believe this. [John 11:25-26]

 “For Yours Lord is the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory now and forever. Amen!”

When Jesus was questioned, tested, tricked or in His hour of great need, He always spoke things that were previously written in God’s Word.[g] Following these memory verses from ten topics, will help you learn 52 verses from the bible in a year!  THIS WEEK’S MEMORY VERSE: An Assured Future

Jesus said: “Anyone who chooses to do the will of God will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own.” [John 7:17]

[a] Isaiah 29:14

[b] 1 Corinthians 1:19

[c] 2 Corinthians 4:7

[d] Matthew 6:5-15

[e] http://www.operationworld.org/country/ecua/owtext.html

[f] Mark 16:15

[g] Matthew 4:4,6,7,10; 11:10; 21:13; and 26:24,31

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