“If you had the chance to change your fate, would you?” This question was posed on the movie trailer for the new DisneyPixar film, “Brave”, coming out Summer 2012. Each day, each and every one of us has the opportunity to not only to change our fate, but the fate of others as well. But will we?
In Judges 6, we read about Gideon. He lived at a time when Israel had done evil in the sight of the Lord. As a result, God had handed them over to a cruel people, the Midianites. They destroyed their crops, took all their possessions and drove them to live in caves. One day while Gideon was hiding in a wine press, the angel of the Lord appeared to him and said,
"The LORD is with you, mighty warrior." Gideon asked him, ""if the LORD is with us, why has all this happened to us? Where are all His wonders that our fathers told us about when they said, 'Did not the LORD bring us up out of Egypt?'" Then the Lord tells Gideon that He is sending him to rescue Israel from the Midianites. Gideon’s response was much like ours would be, “How can I, Lord?” Gideon then proceeded to give God his excuses. To that, the Lord answered in Judges 6:16, “I will be with you, and you will strike down all the Midianites together.”
Gideon believed God (that’s faith) and followed God’s plan each step of the way. He defeated the Midianites and it changed not only his fate, but also the fate of his nation.
God gives us the chance to change our fate every day. For example, in Ephesians 4:32 we are told to forgive as God has forgiven us. Wouldn’t it be incredible to be set free from bitterness, and let joy and love characterize our lives? In 1 Peter 1:16, we are told to "be holy as God is holy". How great it would be to finally deal with our vices and disobedience, live clean and right, and allow God to shape us into the image of His Son! In Matthew 28:19, Jesus commands us to go and make disciples. A disciple is a follower of God. Being love and light in the world, leading others to Christ, helping others walk with God changes the world.
What excuses have you been making for not allowing God to change your life? We don’t have to wait for God to appear to go with us. He already lives in us through the Holy Spirit. Gideon didn’t feel qualified or capable, but He trusted that God was with him and he did what God said. You have the opportunity to change, will you?
Posted on Thu, December 8, 2011
by Cathy Hurtado