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Aug. 18 Devotion: Burden Lead To Action?

Burden Lead To Action?

Judges 6:13-14 And Gideon said unto him, Oh my Lord, if the Lord be with us, why then is all this befallen us? and where be all his miracles which our fathers told us of, saying, Did not the Lord bring us up from Egypt? but now the Lord hath forsaken us, and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites. [14] And the Lord looked upon him, and said, Go in this thy might, and thou shalt save Israel from the hand of the Midianites: have not I sent thee?

We live in a day and age where it’s just so easy to sit back and complain. We complain about gas prices, milk prices, etc. We will complain about our jobs and the decisions our bosses make. We complain about traffic, the weather, any and everything in between. Do you ever catch yourself also complaining to God? Ever ask why aren’t your loved ones getting saved? Think that you’ve been praying for them so why aren’t they getting saved or why aren’t they coming to church. We see here Gideon asking why has all the bad happened to them if God is for them. Where are all those miracles He’d performed before? We then see in vs 14 the Lord instructs him to go. How often have your burdens led to actions on your part? It’s great to have a burden for someone or some thing, but do those burdens ever lead us to take action in some way. I’m not talking about just praying. Praying should be done and is a good thing. However, is it just in vain repetition or do we get serious when praying about that burden. I think of what Jesus told the disciples when He cast out the evil spirit:

Mark 9:29 And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.

Do we get “prayer and fasting” serious about our burden? We want to see more people come to church. When was last time we went out and invited someone. We want to see change take place in our community. When was last time we took the time to attend a city council meeting, mailed a letter or made a phone call to one of our representatives? We want to see our church have a bigger impact on the community. When was last time you prayed over the building program, or worked a little extra to give a little extra? We do have a wonderful and tremendous church, but I don’t believe Gods plan is for us to just be content. It’s great to have burdens and things we want to see take place or people we want to see get saved or get right. How many of those burdens have we taken action on and truly made an effort to see something take place. The Lord asked Gideon at the end of vs 14 “have I not sent thee?” He has something for all of us. Are we doing it?

God bless you today! Bro. Josh Richardson

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