What I love about our Judges passage today is how God leaves absolutely no doubt who gets the glory for this battle. Gideon needed to put God through test after test in order to feel secure in leading the army into battle. But this battle was not Gideon's to win, it was God's. And God orchestrated things in such a way as to leave no doubt about who deserved credit for the victory.
Do we give God the glory and credit He is due for the victories in our lives? Sometimes it is crystal clear, but even when it is not, ultimately He gets the glory for every thing we do. Every breath we take is a testimony to His grace and sustaining power. Apart from Him we can literally do nothing. Yet so often we dare to take credit when it is not ours to take. A reminder to be humble and direct all glory to Him and away from us.
19 And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. 20 For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. 21 But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.”
This passage explains why the world hates the gospel message. Their works are evil, and they love it. As unimaginable as it is, they simply don't want the light. In fact, they hate it.
A good test to see if what we're doing in the moment is pleasing to God is to ask ourselves if we're ok with it being brought into the light, or if we want to hide it in the dark.
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage passage: Judges 9-10; John 4:1-30