We had a representative for The Gideons visit us at church on Sunday. If you ever stayed in a hotel you most likely found a Bible in the nightstand, placed by this organization. Over 100 years ago they placed the first Bible in a hotel room in Montana. Today, they are organized in more than 190 countries around the globe.
This organization of volunteers was founded in 1899, and is “the oldest association of Christian businessmen and professional men in the United States of America.” It’s amazing what a dedicated effort they have made. The Gideons print Bibles and New Testaments for distribution in more than 90 languages. The numbers are staggering! They have placed more than 1.6 billion Bibles and New Testaments worldwide.
Go to http://www.gideons.org/ to read all about their amazing ministry.
One of their many success stories is about a couple whose marriage was going down the drain. They spent a weekend at a hotel but the situation was so bad they took separate rooms. They split, and after several months this is what they discovered. Each one had found a Gideon Bible in the room and started reading it. They both took the Bible home with them and the Word of God did its work. Both the husband and the wife accepted Jesus as their Savior and Lord. Needless to say, their marriage was restored, thanks to some “stolen” Gideon Bibles!
The original Gideon, a man chosen by God to defeat the Midianites, was living proof that with God on your side you don’t need a great army nor sophisticated weapons.
When God called him to do the job he gathered an army of 32.000 men. That was too many! Ten thousand that trembled and feared left, but God considered even 22.000 too many. The final number came to 300, divided in three companies! Here is a picture of their weapons.
Gideon placed trumpets and empty jars in the hands of all of his men, with torches inside. That was it! Read the amazing story in the book of Judges, chapters 6 & 7.
“Watch me,” [Gideon] told them. “Follow my lead. When I get to the edge of the camp, do exactly as I do. When I and all who are with me blow our trumpets, then from all around the camp blow yours and shout, ‘For the LORD and for Gideon.’
Gideon and the hundred men with him reached the edge of the camp at the beginning of the middle watch, just after they had changed the guard. They blew their trumpets and broke the jars that were in their hands. The three companies blew the trumpets and smashed the jars. Grasping the torches in their left hands and holding in their right hands the trumpets they were to blow, they shouted, “A sword for the LORD and for Gideon!” While each man held his position around the camp, all the Midianites ran, crying out as they fled.
When the three hundred trumpets sounded, the LORD caused the men throughout the camp to turn on each other with their swords.”
Gideon and his men blew the trumpets and held up the torches, and the enemy fled turning on each other!
Just as the trumpets and the torches, and great valor and trust in God, were the means of defeating the Midianites that had oppressed and impoverished Israel, two Bibles placed in a hotel by a volunteer Gideon were the means to save and heal two broken people.
You and I can be a modern-day Gideon. We need to believe God for whatever circumstances we are in, and trust him that even with the most meager “weapons” we can be victorious.