This is a "to be continued" post because I have several thoughts regarding the Gideon story that I want to share after finishing the story tomorrow. Let it suffice to say that the paradoxes of Christianity are really amazing to me: the first shall be last and the last shall be first; the rich shall be poor and the poor shall be rich; etc. The one we came across in this reading is: The weak shall be strong and the strong shall be weak. I think sometimes we don't pay enough attention to this paradox. Gideon can come up with all kinds of reasons why he should not be the one to lead Israel in fighting the Midianites. Ironically, however, God doesn't care about the weaknesses that Gideon is able to conjure up for his argument. It's pretty funny to me that this judge appointed by God snuck around in the middle of the night to do what God asked him to do in removing the center for idol worship. That's not exactly the type of courage I would look for in selecting a warrior to lead my people. But God sees things differently than we do. I'm excited for the rest of the story, and I've got more to say tomorrow.
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Seth is a pastor, author, and speaker who lives in Batesville, Indiana. He is married to Kari, and they have two daughters, Madelyn and Noelle.