That same night the Lord said to him, "Get up, attack the camp; for I have given it into your hand. But if you fear to attack, go down to the camp with your servant Purah; and you shall hear what they say, and afterward your hands shall be strengthened to attack the camp." Judges 7: 9-11a NRSV
After dealing with Gideon's penchant for testing God repeatedly, God accepts Gideon's nature and provides a way to build up his confidence and trust. Gideon is going to sneak down into the camp and overhear the enemy's dream and its interpretation of a victory for the Israelites. That seems to be the last motivating factor for getting Gideon moving.
God really is amazing. God's patience is incredible. God's understanding is so holy. God knows what is needed and God provides.
And I am not talking about Gideon here but about the rest of us.
God provides the proof, the assurance, and the help we need when things seem utterly against us. God comes through even when we have our back up to the wall of impossible odds. God nurses our trust to new life and outstanding levels of confidence.
God knows and understands.
God builds up.
Thank you, God! Amen.
Question of the day: How has God built up your confidence in the last month? Or are you still resisting?
Copyright Amelia G. Sims