Leading in times where “things just don’t make sense”!
Today, I’d like to share a biblical story and it’s application to our lives in leading in times where “things just don’t make sense”!
Gideon was a man chosen by God to lead the Israelites in battle against their enemies, the Midianites. Gideon gathered an army of 32,000 men to face the Midianites, but God had other plans.
God said to Gideon, “You have too many men. I cannot deliver Midian into their hands, or Israel would boast against me, ‘My own strength has saved me.'” (Judges 7:2)
So God told Gideon to ask his men to drink from a stream. Those who lapped the water with their tongues like a dog were chosen to fight, and those who kneeled down to drink were sent home. Only 300 men were left.
God said to Gideon, “With the 300 men that lapped I will save you and give the Midianites into your hands. Let all the others go home.” (Judges 7:7)
God chose the 300 men because they were alert and watchful, and they put themselves in a position to defend themselves while drinking water. This showed that they were ready for battle and willing to do whatever it takes to follow God’s plan.
We can learn from this story that God’s ways are not always our ways, and that He can use the least expected things or people to achieve His purposes. We should always trust in God’s plan and be open to His guidance, even if it means stepping out of our comfort zone.
The story of Gideon and his 300 men teaches us many lessons that we can apply to our own lives. Here are a few:
God is in control: When Gideon gathered his army of 32,000 men, he thought he had everything he needed to defeat the Midianites. But God had a different plan. He showed Gideon that it was not the number of men that mattered, but their faith in God. In the same way, we need to trust that God is in control of our lives and that he will guide us if we seek him.
Faith over fear: When Gideon was told to reduce his army to just 300 men, he could have been afraid. But instead, he trusted in God’s plan and led his small army into battle. We too should have faith over fear, knowing that God is with us and will help us overcome any obstacle.
Strength in unity: Gideon’s 300 men were able to defeat the Midianites because they worked together as a team. They each had a role to play and followed Gideon’s lead. We too can achieve great things when we work together with others, using our unique talents and abilities for a common purpose.
God uses the unlikely: God chose Gideon, a man from a small tribe and the least of his family, to lead the Israelites. He also chose only 300 men to defeat a much larger army. This shows us that God often uses the unlikely and unexpected to accomplish his plans. We should not underestimate ourselves or others, but instead trust in God’s ability to work through anyone he chooses.
In summary, the story of Gideon and his 300 men teaches us about the importance of trusting in God, having faith over fear, working together as a team, and recognizing that God can use anyone to accomplish his plans. We can apply these lessons to our own lives, knowing that God is always with us and will guide us if we seek him.
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