Working Through Your Mess (Judges 6-7)

 10 And I said to you, ‘I am the Lord your God; you shall not fear the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell.’ But you have not obeyed my voice. Judges 6:10

A recent commercial for the new I-Phone depicts a guy in his kitchen preparing some type of special dish. As he prepares the dish he is reckless with everything. The kitchen quickly becomes a mess and the new I-phone is experiences terrible treatment. The point of the commercial is to advertise the durability of the I-phone.

When I see the commercial I think about how the mess in the kitchen is a reminder of how I am responsible for the messes in my own life. I wonder, do you ever create a mess in your life?

The entire book of Judges is a vivid reminder of how sin in one’s life creates a mess. In Judges 6 and 7 the Hebrew people are enduring a mess they created. The Bible records that the Midianites were so vicious that the Hebrew people were hiding in caves in the mountains. The people of Israel were struggling to survive(6:1-5).

The Bible records that God sent a prophet to tell the people that they had caused their own mess (6:6-9). Brothers and sisters, as I read this story, I find important reminders as we seek to work through our messes:

  1. I am often prone to blame others for my mess. Gideon blamed God (6:13).
  2. Only God can fix our mess. We need God in our mess (6:12).
  3. We dilute God’s power when we only focus on our ability (6:13-17).
  4. God is gracious and merciful in leading us to deeper faith (6:18-40).
  5. God works for His glory alone (7:1-8).

Brothers and sisters, I pray that you go back through the above six reminders. Take the time to read the text given beside the reminder.

Whenever I receive the above reminders, they always lead me to handle my personal messes in the following way:

  • I repent for the sin I have committed.
  • I worship God for all His mercy and grace extended into my life.
  • I move forward in His fellowship and power to overcome the messes in my life.

2 questions:

  1. What messes have recently popped up in your life?
  2. What steps do you need to take in order to work through your current messes?

A man came to Jesus with a mess. Here is what both Jesus and that man said:

23 And Jesus said to him, “‘If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.” 24 Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!” Mk. 9:23-24

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