In my morning devotions, today’s meditation and prayer in one of the books I am using* is based on the story of Gideon in Judges 7. He is facing a large army with a small number of soldiers. The lesson is that it will be God’s victory, not the power of the army.
The encouragement is that God will bring victory over the enemy in the valley.
So I look around this morning and think about what valley enemies I face on this Monday morning. And as I sit quietly before the Lord and ask for discernment, it would seem that the names of my enemies this morning are familiar…..
Lack of Focus
I have a list of tasks to do. They may seem mundane and ordinary, but they are the “work” of tending what God has blessed me with.
Oh, it’s not that I don’t know what needs to be done. I just don’t know where to start and I get overwhelmed and then I just bounce from thing to thing and accomplish nothing really.
And as I sit before the Lord telling Him all of this, I discover that behind the indecisiveness, procrastination and lack of focus lurks the real enemy in the valley….DOUBT….
“Did God really say…..”
That He will be with me. That He has made a way for me. That I am placed in history at a specific time to do specific things, for HIS GLORY….
“Did God really say….”
To work as unto Him. In all I do. That to whom much is given, much is required?
Yes, God really said those things. Yes, God really does call me to serve Him in the every day tasks of caring and tending and being a steward. Yes, God really told me that if I will seek Him for each and every step I take today, He will lead me and show me what needs to be done.
I know people who are task oriented. God bless them all. I have envied them and studied them and felt defeated just knowing they exist.
But today, I need to know God. I need to study Him. I need to feel victorious because I know He exists!
I don’t know who your valley enemy is on a Monday morning, but ask God to identify each one by name and then take up the Sword of the Lord!
God bless you as you walk in victory through this Monday morning!!!
*Women’s Daily Declarations for Spiritual Warfare by John Eckhardt