Willing To Drink

“All those who lap the water with their tongues, as a dog laps, you shall put to one side…”  Judges 7:1-18  First thought – “So undignified!” Even today I don’t know of anyone who would put their tongue to water like a dog. Does it not make more sense to scoop the water in your hand to drink? However, had I scooped the water on that day at the spring of Harod, I would not have been among those chosen by God to participate in delivering Israel. By my own eyes , I can not see what God sees. In my own mind I can not understand who or what God chooses to use. Fortunately, it’s not about me or anyone of us. The number of those that lapped like dogs were three hundred. From all who had been called out, 300 was the number God had decided he wanted for this battle. It wasn’t personal and it had nothing to do with how the men drank the water. We tend to make things personal and judge based on what we see and what we understand about our selves and others. However, in fulfilling God’s purpose, it is God’s presence within us – over and above our personal judgments, working through all who are called and simply willing to drink according to God’s will and not our own.

Lent Day 10

First Signs

…it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you or by any human court. I do not even judge myself…  It is the Lord who judges me.  1 Corinthians 4:1-7  We are often quick to cast our opinions concerning our selves and one another. In doing so we often short change ourselves. As we do all that God calls us to do, let God be the judge and continue to be all that God calls us to be.