And Only a Few Are Chosen

The question is often asked, “How did we get here?” The only way to answer this question is to say, “We are reaping what we have sown.” There has been an argument for many years that supports the idea that the Church should not be involved in government. Not everyone agrees with this, and I am one of those, but because the Church has not been actively involved……here we are. Our government has aligned itself with every kind of evil that could possibly exist; almost to the place of not supporting Israel.

I remember an exercise in typing class, back yonder before computers and electric typewriters, which included this phrase, “Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country.” Well, I will admonish our people today, “Now is the time for all righteous people to come to the aid of our Nation.” However, there are few of us, and those of us who are righteous before God must take our places at the ballot box on November 8th. I am not making a political statement on one hand, but on the other hand this is a political statement because there is but one candidate that is standing for the causes of righteousness. I find it interesting that his name is Trump….short for trumpet. Could this be a ‘God thing’ or simply a coincidence? I do not believe in ‘coincidences’ for I know that Sovereign God is in control.

Necessarily, there are some men of God who are against Trump and there are some who are for him. Thankfully, those of whom I speak are not for Hillary Clinton, but are not in favor of Trump, either. The problem is that Trump will lose this contest if votes are cast for someone other than Trump or Hillary, and if this does happen….we all lose.

I suggest that God has already removed large numbers of people from the voting places because He will not allow them to vote. However, there is a remnant, I think, that have been given the opportunity to vote in favor of our Constitutional government and are saying that they will not because of the background of Mr. Trump. May I please remind everyone that far worse people than he have been in places of power throughout history, and some of them are found in the Word of God. King David, Solomon, Samson just to name a few.

Midian is about to fall and we know it, because we have in our hand we have the rest of the story. Gideon gathers up  32,000 men are willing to put their lives on the line in order to help Israel win. By reading Judges 8:10 we find that Midian has 135,000 warriors. We already see that Gideon has a real problem, but we hear God say the strangest thing, “Gideon, you have too many men!” In our understanding,  God’s reasoning is just wrong! However, God wants to teach Gideon to trust His judgment.

“The LORD said to Gideon, “The people who are with you are too many for Me to give Midian into hands, for Israel would become boastful, saying, ‘My own power has delivered me.’ Now therefore come, proclaim in the hearing of the people, saying, ‘Whoever is afraid and trembling, let him return and depart from Mount Gilead.'” So 22,000 people returned, but 10,000 remained.” Judges 7:2-3  NASB.

Why does God sometimes allow His people to experience weakness even when the odds are against them? God wants us to rely upon Him in order to demonstrate His presence so that we will not boast about our personal power, “Some boast in chariots and some in horses, But we will boast in the name of the LORD, our God.” Psalm 20:7 and again in                         2 Corinthians 10:12-18, “For we are not bold to class or compare ourselves with some of those who commend themselves; but when they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are without understanding.But we will not boast beyond our measure, but within the measure of the sphere which God apportioned to us as a measure, to reach even as far as you.For we are not overextending ourselves, as if we did not reach to you, for we were the first to come even as far as you in the gospel of Christ;not boasting beyond our measure, that is, in other men’s labors, but with the hope that as your faith grows, we will be, within our sphere, enlarged even more by you,so as to preach the gospel even to the regions beyond you, and not to boast in what has been accomplished in the sphere of another.But he who boasts is to boast in the Lord.For it is not he who commends himself that is approved, but he whom the Lord commends.”

 And in the face of certain defeat, God stands by His prophet and His people, “8And Gideon sent all the other men of Israel, each to his tent, but retained the 300 men; and the camp of Midian was below him in the valley. 9Now the same night it came about that the LORD said to him, “Arise, go down against the camp, for I have given it into your hands.10 But if you are afraid to go down, go with Purah your servant down to the camp,11 and you will hear what they say; and afterward your hands will be strengthened that you may go down against the camp.” So he went with Purah his servant down to the outposts of the army that was in the camp.12 Now the Midianites and the Amalekites and all the sons of the east were lying in the valley as numerous as locusts; and their camels were without number, as numerous as the sand on the seashore.13 When Gideon came, behold, a man was relating a dream to his friend. And he said, “Behold, I had a dream; a loaf of barley bread was tumbling into the camp of Midian, and it came to the tent and struck it so that it fell, and turned it upside down so that the tent lay flat.”14 His friend replied, “This is nothing less than the sword of Gideon the son of Joash, a man of Israel; God has given Midian and all the camp into his hand.” Judges 7:8b-14.

The question for us to answer is simple, “Are we standing strong in the Lord when the odds are against us or are we not wanting to get out of the boat even for a moment?” Remember that Peter did get out of the boat and for a moment his faith in God allowed him to walk where no man had walked before. No doubt, we have often wondered what Peter may have missed out on because he did not keep his eye on the Lord. What are we missing when we have the same opportunities to get out of the boat? Gideon stepped out of the known and into the unknown, kept his faith in God and won a decisive victory. We, too, are able in Christ.

 

 

 

 

About Bob Williford

Conservative Southern Baptist pastor, missionary, and personal evangelist. An avid supporter of Texas Tech Athletics. Enjoy oil painting, writing and woodworking. My wife, children, and grandchildren are my joy. Reading and writing are great for relaxing......
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