This is actually chronicle XIII in my 40 days of prayer before the National Election.
Each Thursday morning I drive two miles to Hickory Creek Nursing Home and teach a small group Bible study. This year I have mostly taught on a theme of “52 Bible Women you should Know.” Once in awhile a man attends, but it is mostly ladies who participate.
Yesterday was no different. Notes in my bag, songs chosen, smile on my face, I was ready to teach part one of Ruth. I chatted a few minutes, they joined me in happy song; they had a study guide to follow and everything was going to plan. It is usual to read through a passage and teach as I go. Yesterday I rabbit trailed myself. Since most Bible scholars feel that Naomi, Ruth, Orpah, and Boaz lived during the judgeship of Gideon, that’s where I jumped off the plan.
The intention was to briefly review Gideon, “You recall that Gideon was the judge and also a military leader. . . “ and I began to teach myself.
For the past several weeks the thought of how finite I am has crossed my mind, and heart, daily. Psalm 8 is a regular thought, “What is man that Thou art mindful of him. . . “ Ah, but God uses small things. Gideon’s army was too large and God used a process of elimination to pare it down to 300. In an unconventional way, God used those 300 men who would obey to spare the people of Israel from the Midianites.
I started on this 40 day venture alone. Then a small group invited me to pray with them. Still, I feel we are a small number compared to the mockers and despisers of decency. God reminded me while I was teaching that God’s power is bigger than an army so large it is not numbered in Judges 6 and 7. Like grasshoppers, the scriptures say. In that brief sentence or two, the Holy Spirit did His work in my heart. I will keep on keeping on in prayer for my country. Obey and pray.
If you stop and read Judges six through eight, you can be encouraged.