Though they were God’s chosen people, loved and shepherded by Him, the Israelites were openly worshiping pagan gods. So God instructed Gideon to tear down the altar of Baal and the Asherah pole and build an altar to the one true God in their place. So Gideon did just that—in the dark when nobody could see him. Does that sound like us? We are called to stand for God and point others to the gospel. But sometimes when we have an opportunity to do just that—to speak truth in our culture—we freeze. We don’t know what to say or perhaps how to say it, so we end up saying nothing. As believers, we need to remember that the stand we take for God is not taken alone— the Holy Spirit is with us and empowers us—nor is our stand the first stand God’s people have taken, and it won’t be the last.
How has God positioned you to take a stand for Him in your community? What will you do this week to take such a stand?