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‘Listen to what they are saying. Afterwards, you will be encouraged.’ Judges 7:11 NIV

Are you being criticised? Has it shaken your confidence? God told Gideon, ‘If you are afraid to attack, go down to the camp… and listen to what they are saying. Afterwards, you will be encouraged.’ (Judges 7:10–11 NIV) Why did God send Gideon and his servant into the enemy camp? To encourage him by hearing what they were saying.

When they arrived, a soldier was telling a friend about his dream: ‘“A round loaf of barley bread came tumbling into the Midianite camp. It struck the tent with such force that the tent… collapsed.” His friend responded, “This can be nothing other than the sword of Gideon… God has given… the whole camp into his hands.” When Gideon heard the dream and its interpretation, he… worshipped.’ (Judges 7:13–15 NIV)

Sometimes when you need encouragement, it’s good to pay attention to your critics. After all, you must be making a difference and an impact or they wouldn’t bother with you! They wouldn’t even notice you.

So let criticism strengthen your faith. For every battle, God has a strategy. Don’t just pray for victory; ask God to show you the winning strategy. A God-given vision will always be greater than the person who is called to fulfil it. The Bible says, ‘Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain.’ (Psalm 127:1 KJV) God knows the weight you can handle, the materials you need, and how it all fits together in your life. So if He’s speaking to you and you’re afraid to act, stand on this verse: ‘I will be with you, and you will strike down all the [enemy].’ (Judges 6:16 NIV)

SoulFood: 1 Kings 10–11, Matt 13:36–46, Ps 113, Pro 12:15–17

word4today an adaptation of The Word For Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2024

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