Well, hello again, friends! I thought I’d drop in here today to share a little Scripture nugget I was blessed by near the end of last week.
It’s been a busy day here at the Filbrun household. This morning, Mom decided to call off “normal” schooling, and do something different—watch the Home Grown Foods Summit that’s going on right now! (#HomeschoolingPerks, anyone?) The children did have the option to do their normal school work, but, wonder of wonders, everyone decided they’d rather learn from the presentations. We really enjoyed the three we watched today (I have four pages of notes as a result!), and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can learn tomorrow.
Also, we got out into the garden today. This was my project this afternoon, before on the left, and after on the right. I’ve got about four more rows of tomatoes to pull out yet, but I’m glad for the progress so far! It is nice to have a tidier garden to look at now that we’re at the end of the season!
And now onto the devotional. I’ve been reading Rosie Boom’s devotional My Heart Overflows lately (unfortunately, I’m not sure the book is in print anymore), and it’s been a real blessing to me! Perhaps that’s what has inspired this to some extent.
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“But the Spirit of the Lord clothed Gideon, and he sounded the trumpet, and the Abiezrites were called out to follow him.” — Judges 6:34 (ESV)
I loved this verse this morning when I was listening to a Bible podcast feed (one of those through-the-Bible-in-a-year plans, but in audio version and it’s published every day). I generally listen to this while I’m getting dressed and doing my hair in the mornings; it’s just another way to fill my day and heart with God’s Word.
When I looked this verse up in several different versions, they all said something along the lines of “the Spirit of the Lord came upon Gideon…” with a footnote of “clothed” for the “came upon” part. The ESV, quoted above, translates this literally, and if I understand the root word correctly, it connotates a “clothing” meaning. I don’t think it matters either way, but I did think it was an interesting concept.
Right after this verse, Gideon does his two “fleece tests”—so obviously, though he was “clothed with the Spirit”, he didn’t always “walk in the Spirit”—Galatians 5:16: “This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.” (KJV)
What would it be like to know that this clothing you are wearing is actually the very Spirit of God? That’s how it was for Gideon, at least for a time to some extent, and, I believe, is ours today. Consider these verses:
“Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?” — 1 Corinthians 3:16 (KJV)
“What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” — 1 Corinthians 6:19–20 (KJV)
As children of God (Romans 8:16), we are clothed with the Spirit. And this is where my imagination runs a little wild. I imagine that to be more than just clothing, though—it’s armor, wrapped around us, protecting each part of us. But it’s odd armor—not only is it our protection, but it is also our enabler—our means to go out into the world and bring change to others in a meaningful way. It is our offensive weapon that brings hope and healing to those that have none, in the sense that it is multiplying armor—we can use it, through the Spirit, to give armor to others.
I also imagine this “clothing” to be a soft blanket, wrapped around our shoulders on a chilly morning. Though the storms of life may rage around us, though things make absolutely no sense (why would God whittle an army of 32,000 down to 300 when they were facing an innumerable army?), we are given the Comforter (John 14:16) who will be with us in all things.
Lord, clothe me more in Your Spirit, and let me never forget that You are living in and covering me. You are so good!
What have you been working on lately? What has the Lord been speaking to you through your time with Him?