Lent Day 20

“Do not be afraid…for I will protect you...” Genesis 15:1

Have you ever been scared of obedience? Gideon was scared. In Judges 6, we see how Gideon was afraid of his family and the men of the city. Specifically, how they would respond to his radical obedience to the Lord in destroying the statue of Baal. This fear led him to secretly gather ten men and complete the task under the cover of darkness.

Did Gideon go at night strictly because of fear, or did he think, that the people would stop him from completing the task if he went during the day? I propose both Gideon’s fear and his doubt as the reasons he completed his task during the night. Was Gideon disobedient by accomplishing his task in the dark? We know that what is done in the dark is always revealed in the light. In the morning, it became known that Gideon was the one who took down the statue. 

God’s command to Gideon was to take down the statue. 

“Pull down your father’s altar to Baal, and cut down the Asherah idol beside it.” Judges 6:25

He didn’t give Gideon specifics of when. Even in his fear and doubt, Gideon completed the task given to him by the Lord.  

“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the assessment that something else is more important than fear.”-President Franklin D. Roosevelt

Gideon’s act of obedience to the Lord was more important than how his father and the men of the city would react. Even if he chose what people would likely consider a cowardly way to accomplish the task. 

Dear Lord, may our ‘something else more important than fear’ lead us to obedience. In Jesus Name, Amen

Written by Dawn Whitmore

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