“Mom, why did Gideon not want to trust God?” Sunshine girl asks while I’m trying to get the printer installed and working.
“Well, because he was scared,” I tell her.
“But why was he scared? Is it because he thought he was going to have to fight all those people in the army down there?”
She pauses then she says is straight out: ”But really all he had to do was blow his horn.”
I turn to stare at this little girl. Yes, that’s it exactly. We think we have to be the Victorious One when all we really have to do is blow the horn, raise the banner, call on our God and step out in faith.
The battle never did belong to us.
How we fall prey to our own fear. The secret is knowing that victory is ours…but it isn’t up to us.
Victory is a gift, granted us by the Victor.
And didn’t pastor just preach this on Sunday? That our greatest and last enemy is death and even that will be defeated? And Jesus, He lets Jairus experience the death of his daughter so that He could show us all what to think about this great enemy of ours.
Past the weeping, the wailing, the hopelessness and unbelief…Jesus enters the room and shuts it all out and He speaks tender words of endearment: “Little lamb, get up!”
And pastor says that term would be like us saying to a daughter, “Sweetie pie” or “Honey”… and how Jesus didn’t say strong words like “Come forth!” but soft ones, like He was waking her up.
“Sweetie pie, wake up. It’s time for breakfast.”
This is how our Savior faces down death. Glory be.
What a mighty King we have, what an awesome God we serve, what a glorious Savior we’ve been given! HE is our victory.
Yet there are the moments before the conquest, before the victory, before the resurrection. These moments have to be lived, and how?
The same way Jesus urged Jairus to live his “in between” moments: “Do not fear any longer. Only believe.”
For the just shall live by faith.
It has always been this way, the call to faith.
The invitation has been given to turn our eyes away from the current reality, away from ourselves, and focus on the Word breathed out. Let Him hold our confidence.
There comes a time when He tells us to set aside our fear and take hold of faith. Because He goes before us to the battle ground and needs only say to the enemy there, “Sweetie pie, it’s over. Let’s go eat now.”
Our job is always, only, to simply trust that He’ll do what He said and that He is who He says He is.
This, the Year of Conquest, has taught me Victory comes through trust.
And trust goes out and blows some horns.
So Sweetie Pie, get up. We’ve got some horns to blow and besides, breakfast is ready.
Q4U: What is your greatest enemy right now?
What does God say about it? (Hint: You can do all things through Christ who gives you strength!)
How can you step out in faith and blow a horn?
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