The more you read the bible, the more you discover how creative He can be in how He works in the lives of believers.

God is often creative in what He does and who He uses.

Many times people will ask, “Why did God do it like that?” “Why didn’t He just do______?” Well, why do you sometimes take a more scenic route even though it will take longer. Have you ever been creative in teaching a lesson to your children or telling a story for impact?

And, that’s why God does things differently…for impact.

Notice what he did when God used the Judge Gideon to deliver His people from their oppressors. God knows the heart of man, and if the army defeated the enemy because of greater numbers and more weapons that they would take credit for the victory themselves.

So God only wanted the people to be outnumbered to prove the victory was from Him. But how did God decide who would fight? Read this from The Message translation for additional clarity…

Judges 7:4-6 The Message

4-5 God said to Gideon: “There are still too many. Take them down to the stream and I’ll make a final cut. When I say, ‘This one goes with you,’ he’ll go. When I say, ‘This one doesn’t go,’ he won’t go.” So Gideon took the troops down to the stream.

5-6 God said to Gideon: “Everyone who laps with his tongue, the way a dog laps, set on one side. And everyone who kneels to drink, drinking with his face to the water, set to the other side.” Three hundred lapped with their tongues from their cupped hands. All the rest knelt to drink.

God told Gideon to chose the men who drank like dogs.

Everyone the God uses isn’t always polished, refined, educated or ‘cultured’. Sometimes God chooses people who are rough around the edges, but devoted to Him.

The men God chose among Gideon’s troops drank their water just like dogs…

Moses had a speech impediment…

David schemed and abused his authority to commit murder…

The disciples were considered ‘uneducated’ and unrefined…

Paul was unimpressive in appearance and not an eloquent speaker…

Even Yeshua the Messiah wasn’t a ‘cultural or social elite’…

It’s not your position, education, strength, experience, charisma or connections that qualify you to be used by God, but your devotion to Him and your heart.

It’s sincere devotion to God, a repentant heart, a desire to conform to the image of His Son, and walking in the Fruit of His Spirit is how God sanctifies us to be used by Him.

God let 300 men who lapped their water like dogs loose and they defeated the Midianites to the glory of God.



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