Well, the honeymoon is over, the newness has worn off, we’ve figured how to fit it in and we’re at the point that all it takes now is perseverance and consistency. We simply must keep doing what we’ve been doing.
I’ve read that it takes 21 days to form a habit and we are 23 days into this challenge so hopefully we all have laid a solid groundwork for the habit of reading the Bible every single day. My prayer is that when we finish this challenge we will all continue to be faithful with daily Bible reading and prayer.
We read one of my favorite stories in the whole Bible this week, the story of Gideon. I can really relate and understand Gideon. I react very similarly to how he reacts and I love how God is patient and encourages him in his human-ness. There are several interesting and humorous parts of this story, but there are two that I especially like.
The story of Gideon begins in Judges 6. The Angel of the Lord appears to Gideon and tells him that he is to save the Israelites from the oppression of the Midianites. At this point Gideon asks for a sign and he is given a sign of fire springing up from the rock and consuming the meal that he has laid out for the angel. Now Gideon is convinced that this is indeed the Angel of the Lord. Yet, a little while later we have the instance of the fleece.
Gideon says in Judges 6:36 “If Thou wilt deliver Israel through me, as Thou hast spoken,” and then asks for the signs with the fleece. God has spoken and yet Gideon needs some extra convincing, just to make sure. Rather than be angry at Gideon’s lack of faith, God performs first one sign and then another to give Gideon that reassurance that this is indeed His plan.
In Judges 7:9-10 are some of my favorite verses in the whole Bible.
Now the same night it came about that the Lord said to him, “Arise, go down against the camp, for I have given it into your hands. But if you are afraid to go down, go with Purah your servant down to the camp, and you will hear what they say; and afterward your hands will be strengthened that you may go down against the camp.”
I love that God understands the fear that we humans have and despite the many times that God had shown Himself powerful to save Israel out of all manner of predicaments, He graciously provides a way to encourage and strengthen Gideon in the task that was laid out before him.
Yes, I can relate to Gideon. I’ve seen time and again in my own life where God has made decisions extremely clear for me and where God has encouraged and strengthened me to do what I knew I needed to do all along. I’m very thankful for God’s mercy, patience and kindness even in the midst of my doubt and unbelief.
Now it’s your turn. If’ you’ve posted an update about the 90 Day Challenge feel free to link up here so that our family is better able to pray for you as you work through reading the Bible in 90 days. Also be sure to link your post up with Mom’s Toolbox tomorrow.
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