February 24 – Judges 8:1-3

February 24 – Judges 8:1-3

Then the men of Ephraim said to him, “What is this that you have done to us, not to call us when you went to fight against Midian?” And they accused him fiercely. And he said to them, “What have I done now in comparison with you? Is not the gleaning of the grapes of Ephraim better than the grape harvest of Abiezer? God has given into your hands the princes of Midian, Oreb and Zeeb. What have I been able to do in comparison with you?” Then their anger against him subsided when he said this.

These men from Ephraim wait until the work is done and then gripe that they weren’t given a chance to be part of the victory.  Have you ever had someone that wants to take credit for something someone else has done?  What is reality is that these 300 men weren’t the reason for the victory beyond being obedient.  God was the victor.  It isn’t logical that 300 men could overcome 120,000 in a war unless God was at the helm.  God defies reason and practicality.  Without God, these men would have been run over for sure. 

How can we address a situation like this?  Praise God through it and give Him the glory rather than any man.  If you show obedience brings victory you can encourage others toward obedience. 

Truth always wins.

Heavenly Father, how often we encounter those that want to receive praise from others.  Sometimes I get caught in that trap.  There’s nothing wrong with acknowledging someone’s efforts but so often it turn into doing works for You to receive praise.  Help me not get caught in that trap anymore.  It is so easy to fall into that for a motive for being obedient.  I want You to receive the praise.  Help me focus on You so that praise doesn’t become my motivation.

In Jesus’ name.



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