11 May: The Insanity of Obedience

With so much stress and things to go wrong without adding to it, some people refuse to follow their Maker’s lead because they don’t know where He’ll lead them! Today’s chapter from ancient times, shows how it’s either insane or else utterly brilliant, 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.


The Creator God specializes in taking ordinary people then doing extraordinary things through them.  But the extraordinary can be impractical, unreasonable, and at times, insane – if measured against human standards. In this same way, Gideon’s story in today’s chapter could be argued as pure insanity from a military perspective! There’s even a book called The Insanity of Obedience about people who, like Gideon in todays chapter, trusted the Creator God during extraordinary times. Why? Because Gideon’s story 3300+ years ago reveals how he was following the world’s greatest Superpower: the Creator God Himself, who has publicly declared such things like:

“…I will again do an astonishing work among this people, even a marvellous work and a peleh (wonder); for the chochmah (wisdom) of their chachamim (wise ones) shall perish, and the binah (understanding) of their sages shall vanish..” [Isaiah 29:14]

The question for me today is, whether I’m willing to be like one of Gideon’s jars of clay[a] – 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 One who knows what’s over the hill? The rest of this webpage uses Jesus’ own prayer to help…[b]


   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 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[c]
  • Your Country: The Great Commission[d]
  • 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, my God, and hear. Open Your eyes and see the desolation I’ve caused to myself. 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, do not delay. [Daniel 9:18-20]

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

You’re the resurrection and the life, O God. 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 the Creator God’s Word.[e] 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] 2 Corinthians 4:7

[b] Matthew 6:5-15

[c] http://www.operationworld.org/node/167

[d] Mark 16:15

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

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