Step Up, Day 46: Celebrate Good Times!
READ Judges 7:9-14 (NKJV)
9 It happened on the same night that the LORD said to him, “Arise, go down against the camp, for I have delivered it into your hand.
10 But if you are afraid to go down, go down to the camp with Purah your servant,
11 and you shall hear what they say; and afterward your hands shall be strengthened to go down against the camp.” Then he went down with Purah his servant to the outpost of the armed men who were in the camp.
12 Now the Midianites and Amalekites, all the people of the East, were lying in the valley as numerous as locusts; and their camels were without number, as the sand by the seashore in multitude.
13 And when Gideon had come, there was a man telling a dream to his companion. He said, “I have had a dream: To my surprise, a loaf of barley bread tumbled into the camp of Midian; it came to a tent and struck it so that it fell and overturned, and the tent collapsed.”
14 Then his companion answered and said, “This is nothing else but the sword of Gideon the son of Joash, a man of Israel! Into his hand God has delivered Midian and the whole camp.”
Christians can be the worst at celebrating the wins that God puts in their life. The nature of our faith drives us to continually have a holy sense of discontentment that can be beautiful but also can be very destructive. It can be hard to remember and celebrating how powerful God is in the face of all of the needs we face every day. It is easy to see all the things we have to do.
It’s really important for us to take some time and look at our life from the outside. Most of us will find that we have been very blessed, and that God is very faithful. In this story we see that Gideon is afraid and rightfully so because God has taken his army from a massive 30,000 men down to less than 1,000. God instructs him to go listen to what the enemy is saying about Israel. What Gideon finds completely amazes him. They are terrified of Israel, and their powerful God. Never forget that though every day is a struggle, our God is powerful, and there are so many people who see him in our life.
Take some time in your prayers today to praise God for who He is and what He’s already done in your life. Instead of bringing him our usual list of needs and concerns just celebrate Him and honor Him. Ask Him to remind you of every blessing he has laid at your feet this day. You’ll quickly find that there are thousands of little blessings that have already occurred. We get in the habit of reminding ourselves, and God of all the things that haven’t been done. Let today be a day of thankfulness for all God has, and is doing in your life.