Today I am so glad that I get to share with you a few thoughts on Making Way. It is Sam here – Carina’s husband. I hope you enjoy.
Let me start by running through a story.
Gideon and his three hundred men, exhausted yet keeping up the pursuit, came to the Jordan and crossed it. He said to the men of Sukkoth, “Give my troops some bread; they are worn out, and I am still pursuing…the kings of Midian.” Judges 8:4-5
Exhausted from battle, and needing food, Gideon and his men asked for bread. The City refused. On to the next city…again the same answer, “You haven’t really won have you? Show us these defeated kings” they said. “We aren’t going to support you until we can see the victory!” Two cities who were benefiting from Gideon’s pursuit, would not join in the work, even just to give bread. If you read further in the story, it didn’t turn out so well for them…
Now earlier in Judges 6 and 7 we read about the victory that Gideon saw as they blew trumpets and lit their torches and with a shout saw the 120,000 of the enemy soldiers turn on themselves, and the rest took off running. They did this in the middle of the night, AND THEN they chased the enemy. No time to stop for sleep. This was a supernatural victory, one that God won for Gideon, but he didn’t stop!
By way of background to this story, this battle took place at the end of 7 years of oppression and hardship. Not only were they tired because of being up all night and then chasing the enemy, they were also tired from constant taunting, constant lack of food and constant fear.
I have been rewiring my thinking in the last few years. Many times I would see God show up in my life and chase away the enemy or bad circumstances etc., even as I participated in prayer and submission and then after, I would rest. I felt like this was the end to hardship, now that God had shown up and won on my behalf, it was time to rest. This story of Gideon, however, shows something different. And ever since having revelation of this, as well as my wife challenging me (Thank You Carina!!), I am learning and relearning to fight against this notion. Instead of resting I am looking for where there is a sneaky opening and I shut those down immediately and incessantly if in my own life or the life of others! Talk about Making Way!
Gideon knew it was not enough to celebrate a victory where 120,000 soldiers were defeated at God’s hand. What a waymaking God! He knew he needed to utterly destroy the enemy. He didn’t want to just see half the battle won. So, although tired and hungry, he and his 300 men kept pursuing the enemy, 15,000 of them. They must have been pretty fierce. (Shows me that God knew what he was doing in the selection process back in Judges 6). When they caught them it says they ROUTED the enemy. I love that word!