This post is Day 28 in a series of studies about “Gideon”, I strongly suggest you begin with the introduction to this study, please click here to read it.
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Gideon – 28
A sword for the Lord and for Gideon! Everyone in the Midianite camp began to run away, screaming as they fled. The small Gideonite army didn’t have to fight. Just stay in place and watch the victory the Lord had prepared. God has a place for each of us.
… They shouted, “A sword for the Lord and for Gideon!” While each man kept his position around the camp, everyone in the Midianite camp began to run away, screaming as they fled.
Imagine the noise as all Gideon’s men smashed the jars so that their lights could be seen. Then they blew their trumpets and shouted. The Midianites must have wakened and wondered whatever was happening. In fear, they fled, but they were not ready to fight or to flee. The result was that they fell over each other, and ended up fighting men on their own team.
The small Gideonite army didn’t have to fight, but just stay in place and watch the victory the Lord had prepared for them. It was important that each one stayed in his allotted place. The Lord has a place in His army for each of us, we need to find it and stay in it until the victory is won. It might be a physical place, or it might be a spiritual place or it might be both!
The result of Gideon’s men holding their places was that the Midianite army panicked, fell over each other, fought each other and got out as quickly as they could.
Christians have an enemy in the world today. Too often that enemy is within the church, but wherever you are the enemy has somebody nearby ready to steal, kill and destroy you, your work, your family (John 10:10). But Jesus came so that we may have life in abundance.
God has a place for each of us, where we must stand, let our lights shine, blow our spiritual trumpets, and wield our spiritual swords for the Lord.
Pray that you will find your place in your church and community, and pray for strength to stand until the battle is over (Ephesians 6:13-14).
Praise the Lord that it is His battle, His army and His victory. All we have to do is stand clothed in His armour.