Hope is Not Lost

Posted on June 3, 2018 at 10:45 AM

Today, we once again return to our study in the life of Gideon. For Gideon, his life had been turned upside down, the Midianites had come and everything in Gideon’s world had changed, but what he did not know was that God was about to change everything in his life again. God was about to take this insignificant young man and turn him into one of the greatest heroes of all time. Yes, God was about to change everything. 

You see, the story of Gideon is found in the book of Judges, during a time when “there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes.” (Judges 21:25 KJV) A time very similar to the time in which we live. In today’s world we would be very quick to commend a person doing what they believe to be right; a person who is willing to take a stand upon what he or she believes in. But the problem comes when we begin to take a look at the standard by which they are judging things.

This reminds me of a story that I heard about trains and the railroad. At one time, before the width of the rails was standardized a train company would build a train the way they believed it should be built, and they would set the width of the wheels at the width that they believed to be “right”. The problem was as the railroad tracks began to grow longer and longer, they found that the train could only run on the tracks which were laid for it, that the tracks that were laid for one train could not be used by a train which was built by a different company. Each train had been built “right” in the eyes of the company that built it, but they could not run on any body else's tracks.

Our country once had a standard, yes there were parts of it that some may have tried to interpret the way they chose and others may have simply ignored it, but the standard was still there, it was the basics of our culture, it was the foundation of our society. But it has now been rejected and the sad reality is that we have created a culture that believes that we should be ruled by what “feels right”. This belief system will soon lead to chaos and confusion, this belief system will lead to anarchy, but all hope is not lost, God is still God and He can still raise up another Gideon or two, perhaps that Gideon will be you.

- Pastor Tim

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