November 7, 2012
By Michael Youssef, Ph.D.
Gideon’s family was Jewish, but they were up to their eyeballs with Baal. The Jews never pushed Yahweh out completely, they just took Him out of the center of their lives. They pushed Him to the periphery. Much like so many people who call themselves Christians, Jesus is not at the center; He is at the periphery. Everything else occupies their minds; everything else occupies their time; everything else is occupies their pocketbook, but Jesus is still part of their lives—He’s just out on the periphery. That’s how it was with Gideon’s family.
Things got so bad that they were so knee-deep in compromise that they were not even aware of it. They were knee-deep in apostasy, but they did not know it. They were oblivious to it. They had developed amnesia about the importance of the centrality of Yahweh in their lives. They forgot all about the hand of God that blessed them through the years.
In fact, Gideon’s father stooped so low that he became a priest of Baal. In order for Gideon to challenge Baal as God asked him to do, he had to defy his father, his family, his neighbors, and the surrounding culture.
In other words, Gideon had to stand up and be counted. He had to swim against the current of culture. He had to stand against the flood of society.
Are you willing to stand up and be counted today?
Prayer: God, help me to have the courage that Gideon had. Help me to be willing to stand up for You, even if it means going against everyone around me. Help me to be mindful and to keep You at the center of my life always. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
“If you do not stand firm in your faith, you will not stand at all” (Isaiah 7:9).