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Tearing Down and Building Up

by Amy Dagit


So Gideon took ten men of his servants and did as the Lord had told him. But because he was too afraid of his family and the men of the town to do it by day, he did it by night”

(Judges 6:27, ESV).


I sat at a table with fellow conference attendees and struck up a conversation with the woman beside me.

“What do you write?” I asked.

“Children’s Sunday school curriculum.” The woman hesitated a moment. ”But I haven’t written a novel. Not yet.”

I nodded. I’d heard variations of her comment from other writers and had experienced the same uncertainty myself. While we ate in contemplative silence, I mulled over how my new writer friend seemed to place the novel at the pinnacle of her writing career.


Looking back, I realize that such doubts bar us from trusting God to use our writing for his plan. Obedient service to God requires tearing down the altar of doubt and building up our faith in God’s ability to work in and through us.  We can set a goal as writers to sacrifice our preconceived notions and create room in our hearts for God to shape us and our writing.


God commanded Gideon to minimize his manpower and wield humble tools as weapons. The Lord sent their meager army into battle with nothing but trumpets, jars, and torches in hand, yet they emerged victorious. Christian word-warriors can likewise trust God’s faithfulness to use our writing, no matter the form, for his purpose.


Similar to the backlash Gideon faced for tearing down the altar of Baal, Christian writers may also encounter struggles and opposition. We might suffer discomfort in sharing our message, financial insecurity, and criticism on social media.


Just as God sustained Gideon throughout his trials, he also proves faithful to us in our times of need.  He remains with us through our struggles, guiding us and providing the strength to persevere. When we submit our challenges to God, we can move forward with confidence, trusting him to shape our words and opportunities for his purpose.


The Lord does not leave us alone in our battles. As we face adversity, we can trust in God’s promise to be with us just as he was with Gideon. We can find strength and courage through our faith in God’s sovereignty and goodness. By relying on him, we receive peace and hope during our trials (Judges 6:16).


Dear God, may we see our writing success from your perspective and not our own. Mold our words for your purpose. In Jesus’ name, amen.


Amy Dagit is a writer and copyeditor from East Central Illinois. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. Besides editing and writing, Amy has a fondness for travel and photography. Her writing has been published in  The Wanderlust Within and 50 Haikus. She blogs about editing, writing, and travel on her website, amydagit.com.

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