Recently, the totally awesome Minister of Education at my church, offered me a book signing table at the annual Sportsmen’s Banquet our church is hosting in March. There will be about 600 people at this event! I am so grateful!
It started me thinking… This event is for men. I wondered if any men would want to buy my books. My writings are kind of girly, after all. The consistent theme of “Jesus is our Bridegroom” and “you are the bride” may not appeal to men.
So, I wrote a men’s devotion book called “Real Men of God (They were human too).” I plan to have it available for sale at the banquet on March 6th. (By the way, if you’d like to go to the banquet, you can find out how at FBCSalisbury.org).
I’ve been rolling around the idea for this book over the last couple of months, and when it was time to write it, the whole thing poured out in about two days. The theme is this: all of the great men of the Bible had strengths and flaws, just like we all do. They all had turning points and moments of choice – defining moments – just like we do.
The important thing is what the Lord did for each of them during their lifetimes. What I really want men to see is that the Lord made these men the way He did for a reason, and the same is true for you men today.
Our Heavenly Father uses all the things that make you you, and performs a miraculous work in you, around you, through you, and for you.
I want men to see: not only is it okay to be who you are, it is right to be who you are.
Here is a sample chapter from the book. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be posting more of them so you can get a feel for these devotions. It is my earnest prayer that these bless you men, because I appreciate you, and I am grateful for who you are.
The “Valiant Warrior”
Who He Was
When the Angel of the Lord came to Gideon, he addressed Gideon as “valiant warrior.” Judges 6:12 (NASB)
I always imagined Gideon, replying, “Who? Me?” You know Gideon had to be surprised. At that time, he was beating out wheat in a winepress to hide it from the Midianites who had been oppressing Israel. He was afraid.
His Turning Point
Gideon asked for several signs to be given before he finally believed who he was: a valiant warrior. It wasn’t until he and his servant snuck into the enemy camp and heard them talking about the fearful dream the Lord had given one of the enemy soldiers, that Gideon finally believed.
What the Lord Did for Him
The Lord made Gideon whittle down his troops from 32,000 men to 300 so there would be no doubt that Gideon was a mighty warrior, and also no doubt about whose the battle was. The battle was the Lord’s. The Lord fought it, and the Lord won it.
Because Gideon believed, he and his 300 men defeated an army of over 120,000. The Lord gave Gideon the gift of valor, and a fearless heart – all because he believed that this was who he already was, because the Lord said so.
Man of God, fear is your enemy, not the thing you fear. Greater is He who is in you, than he who is in the world. The Lord looks at you, just as He did at Gideon, and says, “The Lord is with you, valiant warrior!”