Day 145

Chaim starts by asking his viewers a question about whether they feel like he does sometimes, comparing himself to Gideon from the book of Judges in the Bible. He asks if his viewers sometimes feel, as Gideon felt, like he was all alone, weak, and maybe not the best choice to fulfill the prophetic plan that God had for his life.

Chaim reminds his viewers of the story of Gideon in Judges chapter six, when he was hiding from the Midianites (who had done to the people of Israel what the Hamas terrorists have done to us in modern times). The Angel of the Lord appears to him and calls him a “mighty man of valor” and Gideon asks a question about why, if God is with the children of Israel, are all these bad things happening to them.

Chaim asks the same rhetorical question about why, if the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is with Israel, does he have to be out in the field wearing a bulletproof vest and helmet, carrying a weapon, helping other soldiers get helmets and vests and otherwise putting up with all kinds of hassles and hardships.

Chaim says that sometimes in the heat of battle, doubts come up about whether he’s the right man for the job. He says anyone, whoever they are, wherever they are, whatever battle they’re fighting or whatever hardships they’re enduring, must offer what little they have, and the Lord will use it.

But that’s what the Bible tells us the “mighty men of valor” in Israel must periodically do, and Chaim encourages his viewers to remember the example of Gideon. He gave an offering of what little he had and it was “consumed with fire.”

Another lesson from the story of Gideon is that God does not need great numbers, or any other resources, to accomplish His purposes. He can use many or He can use few.

Also, it’s important to give God all the credit, not to put any faith or trust or hope in any of the “stuff” that He might use to protect us and provide for us. Our faith in not in our weapons, helmets, vests, the bulldozer, or any other gear, it’s in God alone.

Chaim concludes by reading Psalms 28:7-9; The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in Him, and I am helped; therefore my heart greatly rejoices, and with my song I will praise Him. The Lord is their strength, and He is the saving refuge of His anointed. Save Your people, and bless Your inheritance; shepherd them also, and bear them up forever.

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