Last week I wrote on the GIDEON RULE PART 1, if you didn’t get to read that blog kindly click HERE . Today’s blog would be a conclusion of the Gideon rule.
Judges chapter 7:4-6
Verse 4: Then the Lord said to Gideon, “There are still too many people; bring them down to the water and I will test them for you there. Therefore it shall be that he of whom I say to you, ‘This one shall go with you,’ he shall go with you; but everyone of whom I say to you, ‘This one shall not go with you,’ he shall not go.”
Verse 5: So he brought the people down to the water, and the Lord said to Gideon, “You shall separate everyone who laps the water with his tongue as a dog laps, as well as everyone who kneels down to drink.”
Verse 6: Now the number of those who lapped [the water], putting their hand to their mouth, was three hundred men, but all the rest of the people kneeled down to drink water.
The sieving and selection process continues.
In the last blog I listed out four points and I will continue from there today.
Number 5: As He says unto you do it
We see God telling Gideon in the verse 4 that it is only the ones He ( God) chooses that will go for war. Have you ever been in a situation where God asked you to do something and you begin to second guess Him? I have been in such situations on numerous occasions and I must say those times I doubted his voice and decided to play smart were the dumbest moments of my life. Most days I wake up I ask God to teach me to obey Him because I have learnt You cannot outsmart your creator.
Number 6: Nothing will make sense 95 % of the time.
I can’t help but imagine what thoughts were running through Gideon’s mind when God told Him in the verse 5 to separate those who lapped water with their tongues like dogs and the ones who knelt down to drink water. Like God seriously you couldn’t look for any other strategy? Imagine God asking you to leave your multimillion dollar company and go evangelize in a remote village I am sure most of us would ask God to speak again. When nothing makes sense remember the Number 5 ( as he says unto you do it ) I pray God teaches us to trust Him because without trust in God your walk with Him would be very difficult.
Why would God choose those who lapped the water like dogs over those who knelt down to drink?
Dogs do not have cheeks like we humans do and so they have been conditioned to lap water with their tongues it is very convenient for them but inconvenient for us humans because we haven’t been conditioned that way ( we have cheeks which enables us hold water in our mouth). There is nothing convenient about war and even if God was the one fighting their battles he needed men who would be able to withstand all of the challenges and inconveniences that comes with going for war. I don’t know much about wars but I know they can go days without eating, bathing and with very little or no water to drink. God saw men who were willing to go the extra mile men who would risk their lives for the peace of their nation men who didn’t care if the situation was convenient or not men who were willing to humble themselves and drink water like dogs. God saw all of this things ahead of time which was why he used this strategy. I guess the ones who bent down to drink to their full were already tired even before the real journey had started. God is indeed the master planner.
Number 7: quality over quantity
A journey which began with thirty thousand men was downsized to three hundred and it did not stop God from accomplishing his plan. Take a moment to think have you been more concerned and focused on quantity rather than quality? Do you measure your relationship with God by the number of times you pray, Go to church, fast, give alms, read your Bible e.t.c ( I am not saying it is bad to do this things) rather than intimacy with him. Because you can do all of this things and still not have a relationship with God.
Are you more concerned about having a bunch of people in your life even when they are not adding any spiritual, physical, mental, emotional and financial value to your life all because you don’t want to be alone or because you want to be associated with the so called “happening people “ ?
Shift your focus.
I hope you were blessed by the Gideon rule as much as I was.
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Have a blessed day ahead.
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