“Then the three companies blew the trumpets and broke the pitchers—they held the torches in their left hands and the trumpets in their right hands for blowing—and they cried, “The sword of the LORD and of Gideon!’”
Here in this Old Testament battle scene is a living parable for us. Gideon had instructed his little army of three hundred to prepare for battle against the horde rallied in the valley. No doubt, as they gathered around him, his announcement of a strategy fresh from heaven’s war-room seemed strange. “All of you mighty men of war, trade in your weapons for a trumpet, earthen pot, and a torch. Then, watch me and do as I do.” The soldiers went out with the concealed torches inside their pots until the battle cry went out. At its sounding, each blew the trumpet and broke the pots to expose the light, and Gideon’s forces prevailed.
If we now turn to the New Testament, we read of a different light within – the power of the gospel of Christ. “For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.” (2 Corinthians 4:6-7)
Like the smashing of Gideon’s clay pitchers, God’s prescription for victory comes at a cost to the vessel – in this case – our prized container of self. When our lives are broken of self-will, then His light can shine.
Believer, don’t lose heart in your battles. As long as we are marching to His orders, the forces of darkness cannot withstand even the feeblest company of God’s people. He has secured the victory, and all we are to do is simply shine for Him.
– Pastor Jack
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