BEGIN WITH PRAYER
"Lord open my eyes and my heart."
Read slowly so that you take in. And as you do, turn your heart to God, thanking him for the good you discover and praying his will home for you, your family, your church and the world.
Wisdom to chew on
Understanding to grow in
Even weak faith can be used by God. Gideon shows timidity in breaking down the altar to Baal at night, and doubt in questioning God's commission, needing confirmation with the fleece, and the reassurance of the Midianite's dream. Likewise, Jesus described his disciples as "you of little faith" yet still used them. What encouragement. Of course we are called to a confident faith. But in his kindness, the Lord often gives what our weak faith needs to be bolstered and uses us despite it. This is why we are called to play our part. Serving Christ is not just for the spiritual giants. There are lessons in chapter 8 too about wanting to help rather than hinder those who serve God's purposes. But as you read the whole section, note the traits of Gideon's character (good and bad).
Finish this reading by pausing to ask yourself:
1) What’s the main thing it teaches me about God or his purposes in Christ? Then praise him for this.
2) What’s the main thing it teaches me about his will for me or the world? Then pray that home.
Devotion to offer up
You could read this aloud and perhaps as a springboard to further prayer.