T.S. Eliot: All In 

August 12

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“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” ~ T.S. Eliot

God’s plan is seldom revealed completely until it’s already in action. Even if we’re called to stay home, God will call on us to complete his plan. Gideon springs into action without hesitation. (Well… maybe a little – God DID give him confirmation!) But God sent 90% of the men Gideon had gathered with him to fight back to their homes. Why? So they could be in a position to pursue the Midianites when the time was right. God’s time.

Are you in a position to pursue? Or are you too busy being upset at being left behind, left out, seemingly deemed… not worthy or courageous enough? When I’m in God’s will, I can take myself out of the equation so that I can become part of His equation… whether beginning, middle or at the very end of it. I am called to be His vessel, His tool and as I abdicate my rights to His purpose, what I want no longer matters. Can I be His pawn? Will I be His castle? Only if He truly is my King.

Only, God does not tell you what He is going to do. He reveals to you who He is.” ~ Oswald Chambers

God is a brilliant strategist. Nothing He plans is by accident. Every step is very intentional and each phase is executed with precise purpose, down to who he uses and what He asks us to do. Be prepared to go. Be content to stay. Be at the ready to pursue. Either way, stay or go, let us BE determined to be all in… because God WILL use us. 

Peace, today. Sean Gutteridge

Today’s Scripture: Judges 7:19-25

19 So Gideon and the hundred men who were with him came to the outskirts of the camp at the beginning of the middle watch, when they had just set the watch. And they blew the trumpets and smashed the jars that were in their hands.

20 Then the three companies blew the trumpets and broke the jars. They held in their left hands the torches, and in their right hands the trumpets to blow. And they cried out, “A sword for the LORD and for Gideon!”

21 Every man stood in his place around the camp, and all the army ran. They cried out and fled.

22 When they blew the 300 trumpets, the LORD set every man’s sword against his comrade and against all the army. And the army fled as far as Beth-shittah toward Zererah, as far as the border of Abel-meholah, by Tabbath.

23 And the men of Israel were called out from Naphtali and from Asher and from all Manasseh, and they pursued after Midian.

24 Gideon sent messengers throughout all the hill country of Ephraim, saying, “Come down against the Midianites and capture the waters against them, as far as Beth-barah, and also the Jordan.” So all the men of Ephraim were called out, and they captured the waters as far as Beth-barah, and also the Jordan.

25 And they captured the two princes of Midian, Oreb and Zeeb. They killed Oreb at the rock of Oreb, and Zeeb they killed at the winepress of Zeeb. Then they pursued Midian, and they brought the heads of Oreb and Zeeb to Gideon across the Jordan.

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