It’s week seven of the Word Wednesday Challenge! This week, we’re taking a look at Judges. Start thinking about your favorite verse from Judges. Here’s mine:
Judges 6:12 (NIV)–When the angel of the LORD appeared to Gideon, he said, “The LORD is with you, mighty warrior.”
I’m sensing a theme, and if you’ve read the past couple of Word Wednesday verses, you’ve noticed it too. I absolutely, positively love the fact that God is with us.
But there’s more to this one. Gideon may well be my favorite person in the Old Testament. If you’ve spent any time around this site, you know God delivered me from extreme fear. I identify with Gideon. When the angel of the Lord appeared to him, he was scared. How do we know? Because he made a ton of excuses, then he asked for proof not once, but twice. And because God had to tell him (more than once) that He would go before him. When I battled fear, I found comfort in Gideon’s story. Gideon stood up and did what God told him to do fearlessly, and God did go with him.
Want to know my favorite part? The very first time the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon in Judges 12–before the excuses, before the testing, before the reassurances–he referred to Gideon as “mighty warrior.” At that moment, Gideon was just about the farthest thing from a “mighty warrior,” but God looked at Gideon and saw who he would be, not just who he was. That, my friends, is the awesomeness of God.
Have you got a favorite verse in Judges? Tell us about it in the comments. If you are blogging along with us, blog away, link back to us, and leave a link in the comments so everyone can check you out. Then get ready! Next week we look at Ruth.