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  • Judges 7:1-8:35

The story of Gideon and his army elicits both fear and wonder for me. Fear of the pruning, the notion that all that I think I need I really do not need…that I may actually have to live reliant on His power and not my own. The wonder emerges from the same: that God would do so much on behalf of just one of His people.

I realize how much I try to plan myself and how little I rely on God’s guidance.

“…Then it will be, that of whom I say to you, ‘This one shall go with you,’ the same shall go with you; and of whomever I say to you, ‘This one shall not go with you,’ the same shall not go.” –Judges 7:4, NKJV

Relying on God to choose those with whom we walk this path of life may seem frightful or nerve-wracking. But look at what He accomplished by pruning the herd! Not only was Gideon’s faith strengthened, the people *knew* the deliverance was from God alone. The short-term discomfort of telling some they were not to go with him led to the long-term strength that came from walking in faith. Submission to God’s will look a whole lot more like the discipline of living in faith and less and less like being the center of the work.

What does God want you to bring to Him? Where is He seeking to prune? And the question I ask myself: will I listen?

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