Sunday, February 15, 2009

But Sir !

When was the last time something was asked of you, that you KNOW you could not possibly do it, or even come close to attaining it? Kind of frustrating isn't it? This is how Gideon felt when out minding his own business, when the angel of the Lord came and appeared to him. The Israelites at this time had been oppressed by other nations, primarily the Midianites. Now the Lord calls Gideon "... mighty warrior." Telling him, "go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian's hand..."

I LOVE Gideon's response, "But Sir...how can I save Israel ... my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family." (Judges 6:13,15) We all have had "But Sir" moments, haven't we? Moments when God asks something of us, moments when we need to do or be something that is beyond us. We feel weak, and insignificant. Oh, God's response is SO valuable and the TRUE foundation of success. The Lord answered, "I will be with you, and you will strike down all the Midianites together."

Gideon goes on to lead a small army to victory, with unconventional ways ... blowing trumpets, breaking pots and holding huge Bic lighters. I believe God wants us all to have Gideon experiences. Turning our 'But Sir, I am weak ... and the least... how can I...?' to victory believing His word to us, 'I will be with you, and you will...'

What is God asking of us today? What name like 'mighty warrior' is He giving, that totally blows us away, perhaps ... courageous missionary, passionate teacher, gentle leader, faithful friend, and prayer warrior, even loving mom. He may even call us to unconventional ways, yet how exciting to see how it all unfolds.

Join with me, as we turn our 'but Sir' into 'I will be with you and you will...'

In Him, DeDe (Ps. 92:4 "You thrill me, LORD ...")

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Found Favor

I do love a good story. One full of intrigue, challenge, and PLEEEZE the underdog WINS! I have been studying the book of Esther, better yet, Esther herself. The story hits a high note as Esther stands before the king, beginning her request to spare the Jews, she says "If I have found favor with you, O King..."

How often do we stand with a request, and seek the King's favor, or merely just stand before the King, praying ~ hoping His favor flows strong today! There is so much that we encounter on a daily basis, trials and choices, loves and loses. A wise friend shared with me recently "you know the righteous and narrow would judge harshly, but I think that King David, would understand.. he had such an insight into love, passion, and beauty." I would add, and his God. David experienced God on so many levels, he knew Him on the battlefield, as a shepherd boy, and yes, as one with authority to have whatever he wants as king, yet it is David that said, "Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart" (Ps. 37:4)

He knew Him too with a closeness many of us long for, "... You are familiar with all my ways." (Ps. 139:3b) yet even in the familiar setting, David shares from an experienced heart, "The Lord is gracious and compassionate slow to anger and rich in love." (Ps. 145:8)

Found favor ... As Esther experienced the favor of King Xerxes, and David with the King of Kings, we too, as children of the Most High God, come 'boldly before the throne ... let your request be made known.' God desires to love on us, Father us and bless us.

~ DeDe