Grasping the torches in their left hand and holding in their right hands the trumpets they were to blow…
Rather strange weapons with which to arm a fighting force! But wielded by Gideon’s men, and in obedience to his specific commands, they were instrumental in securing a notable victory. ‘Watch me and follow my lead’ (v17) was his simple instruction. They did, and victory resulted! We have a far more charismatic leader than Gideon, but his instruction to us is no different – Watch and follow me. As Paul wrote in his first letter to the Corinthians, be imitators of me, as I am of Christ (11:1). It’s difficult to imagine better advice. If we follow Christ’s example in every aspect of our lives, victory will indeed be assured!
Daily Reading: Judges 20:24-48