Last week our conversation revolved around the word "threshing". Threshing actually means to separate. Gideon was threshing (separating) the grain of the wheat from the stalk. Separating the good from the bad in essence.
Not only was this Gideon's livelihood so his family could eat but in order to keep the Midianites from steeling the harvest he had to sneak around to do it. All the while God had a plan for Gideon to do way more than threshing wheat. God's plan was for Gideon to (thresh-separate) one nation from another, one kingdom from another, God's people from God's enemies but some threshing-separating had to begin with him!
Gideon's father had built alters to false gods though he also had an alter built to the one true God. Reminds me of the scripture that says we cannot serve God and man!
Gideon is told that his first threshing-separating would be this:
25 That same night the Lord said to him, “Take the second bull from your father’s herd, the one seven years old. Tear down your father’s altar to Baal and cut down the Asherah pole beside it. 26 Then build a proper kind of altar to the Lord your God on the top of this height. Using the wood of the Asherah pole that you cut down, offer the second bull as a burnt offering.”
God is basically saying, "Gideon, you must clean up around your house first before you can clean up the rest of the things that I have in store for you"!
See Gideon's father, which led right on into generational sin was worshipping other God's and even had shrines in his yard of things he worshipped.
Basically the Lord was leading Gideon to do some hard work FIRST that would begin with his own family.
You see I believe that God cannot use us effectively in public if we do not submit to Him in private!
Threshing? What do we need to separate from?
To show you how the Lord works I was browsing around on Facebook and my eyes went straight to a friend's caption on her post that day! I could not believe what I read...it simply said......
There is a great deal of destruction that must be done before construction can begin!
Her post accompanied pictures. Her husband was actually having to do some clearing on their land in order to make room for a house to be built for her mom. However, the words rang loud and clear................ There is a great deal of destruction that must be done before construction can begin!
Sometimes we must simply DESTRUCT....
For some it may be friendships that are not good for you to have. It may be habits. It could be lifestyle changes totally! It could be your very way of thinking! It is like I shared with the ladies last week in class. It would be real hard for us to tell someone else how to discipline their children if we can't control our own. A friend told me once about a man that God had called to preach. She said the problem is that God will never use him in an effective way as long as his wife has the mindset, attitude, bitterness, lack of forgiveness and etc. that she has. And no...the man shouldn't get rid of his wife by no means but some cleaning up at their house does need to take place. (Cleaning of the heart.) Our list could go on and on with the things in our life that needs destruction. Only you know what needs destruction in your life.
What is it in your life that needs to be torn down so God can raise up?
Hugs and blessings, Cindy