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Weekly Devotional for 2/5/23

“The LORD said to Gideon, ‘The people with you are too many for me to give the Midianites into their hand, lest Israel boast over me, saying, ‘My own hand has saved me’’” Judges 7:2. 

Gideon has had a chance to test God a bit and found that He saved him in his hometown. Now, people are flocking to him to take on the Midianites who had been oppressing them for many years, and Gideon must have felt a lot of security in those numbers—32,000 fighting men to be exact! But God said it was too many. Concerned that His people who were just beginning to trust in Him might credit themselves instead, He has Gideon send the fearful home. How his heart must have sank when over two-thirds left. Perhaps resigning himself to fewer numbers in his growing faith in God to fight for him, Gideon must have been challenged when God said there were still too many. So, it would be with only 300 men and with trumpets, jars, and torches that God would bring about a great victory for His people and show them who He was and what they could do for them. We have the completed Word of God to tell us of Jesus’ work of the gospel. 
Isn’t it time we showed the Lord’s power to others? 
“He asked life of you; you gave it to him, length of days forever and ever” Psalm 21:4. 
Attributed to David, he refers to himself in the third person as “the king” as he celebrates a major victory that God has given him. The king rejoices in the LORD’s strength and exults in His salvation. David asked for life on the field of battle, and God granted it. We too are on the field of battle each and every day. Our enemy is strong, but we trust in God to deliver us rather than the chariots and horses of the previous psalm. So, Christians can rejoice in the LORD’s strength and exult in His salvation as well. We ask for life to be granted to us, and He gives it to us through His Son on the cross. The battle truly does belong to the LORD as we often sing. We need only to be still and know that He is God. This doesn’t mean sitting back but faithful and obedient service to Him. Paul concludes a chapter all about how Jesus’ resurrection helps us by explaining the victory over death that we now have through God’s Son, “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Help in our present struggles and eternal life with Him for eternity! 
Are you asking God for the victory in Jesus? 

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Thursday, February 09, 2023

“[Thanksgiving and Prayer] We ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters, and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love all of you have for one another is increasing.”(Daily Reading, ESV)