Judges chapters 6 through 8 is about the life of Gideon, the man God used to lead and deliver the Israelites from the stronghold of the Midianites. I’m especially inspired by the 6th chapter as it highlights the events surrounding his call to service and how that reflects God’s unfailing love, unwavering acceptance of us and His willingness to work through us inspite of our history, fears or weaknesses.
The Israelites, as a result of their disobedience, had been living in constant fear, under the oppressive hold of the Midianites for many years. They couldn’t even farm or harvest their produce in peace. This cuts a very unappealing picture but all they could do was make the best of the situation from day to day and trust that God would send deliverance. In those days,there were no kings, just judges who presided over the affairs of the people and helped to maintain peace and order.
One fateful day, an angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon and informed him of his divine assignment. He was actually hiding, trying to thresh harvested wheat, away from the prying eyes of the Midianites, when the angel visited and addressed him as ‘ Mighty Hero’.
The salutation seemed so out of place because Gideon just didn’t feel qualified. It was a long conversation, where he debated his inability to do what God was calling him to do. While Gideon was stating his points, the Lord said to him; “Go with the strength you have, and rescue Israel from the Midianites. I am sending you!” This means that Gideon had immensely great potential that he didn’t know of. He was yet to discover it because all he could see were the factors working against him because of his lineage, and his limited view of himself. Here are a few more insights from Gideon’s inspiring journey from mundane to mighty:
Then the angel of the LORD came and sat beneath the great tree at Ophrah, which belonged to Joash of the clan of Abiezer. Gideon son of Joash was threshing wheat at the bottom of a winepress to hide the grain from the Midianites. Judges 6: 11
God has equipped you to confront that stronghold, not hide or run from it.
The angel of the LORD appeared to him and said, “Mighty hero, the LORD is with you!” Judges 6: 12
You can hide from everyone but God. When it’s time, He knows exactly where to find you.
You may be in doubt about your potentials but God isn’t.
God calls you mighty, he’s rooting for you. He knows you can do it
“Sir,” Gideon replied, “if the LORD is with us, why has all this happened to us? And where are all the miracles our ancestors told us about? Didn’t they say, ‘The LORD brought us up out of Egypt’? But now the LORD has abandoned us and handed us over to the Midianites.” Judges 6: 13
The very things you complain about might just be indications of problems you were born to solve.
Then the LORD turned to him and said, “Go with the strength you have, and rescue Israel from the Midianites. I am sending you!” Judges 6: 14
When the assignment seems too big and so daunting, remember who is sending you.
“But Lord,” Gideon replied, “how can I rescue Israel? My clan is the weakest in the whole tribe of Manasseh, and I am the least in my entire family!” Judges 6: 15
God is more interested in your future – What you can do, than in your past – What you have done.
Your history and family background, do not determine your worth or value.
God qualifies the unqualified.
The LORD said to him, “I will be with you. And you will destroy the Midianites as if you were fighting against one man.” Judges 6: 16
There’s one constant you can be assured of – God’s abiding presence
Redirect your focus away from limitations to possibilities and you’ll be amazed at what you’ll be able to accomplish.