Antoinette Tuff is my heroine today. And she gives all the glory to God, who gave her wisdom and courage to talk a gunman out of carrying out his plans to shoot up a school full of elementary kids. One tool she used was her own story of weakness, loss and need.
Another hero is Gideon whose story I’ve been reading again (Judges chapters 6-8). These same two things stand out in his experience: his doubts and fears, and then his obedience and effectiveness in saving his people.
–Threshing wheat in a wine vat to hide it from the marauding enemy.
–Waiting for the cover of night to carry out God’s order to demolish idols worshipped by his townspeople.
–When God appeared to him to commission him (addressing him as “mighty warrior”!), Gideon asked for a sign of confirmation, which God graciously provided by burning up his meal and then vanishing! (6:20-21)
–But that wasn’t enough. He still needed confirmation. So God arranged for a wet fleece on dry ground and then vice versa (6:36-40).
Then God threw in one extra confirmation for good measure. He sent Gideon to eavesdrop on a couple of enemy soldiers discussing a strange dream which they concluded meant that Gideon was going to defeat their whole army! (I wonder how they knew about him by name?!?)
God is so patient with those who really want to please and obey Him!
–Personnel: Just 300 people, whittled down from an original 32,000! (7:1-8)
–Weapons: Trumpets, torches in clay jars, and their voices! (7:15-22)
–As the noise and light show by Gideon’s men commenced (with the weapons listed above), God caused the enemy army to panic and kill one another!
What power! What irony! I love God’s battle strategies! (For more, read the books of Exodus through 2 Chronicles.)
I also love the fact that God uses imperfect people who have doubts and fears and yet are committed to obey God to be used for His purposes, and to be sure He gets the glory! I’m one of those. So is Antoinette Tuff.