I love the story of Gideon. (Judges 6-8)
It is such a picture of God’s intention to use us for something, when we don’t feel very usable.
It is an awesome example of how God often sees in us, something we do not see in ourselves.
Gideon wasn’t a mighty man of valour. At least, not to our standards and certainly not to the standards he had for himself. (Judges 6:14-16)
But GOD called him, “thou mighty man of valour” in Judges 6:11-12. Gideon was hiding. He was threshing wheat in the most unsuspecting way possible, because of his enemies the Midianites. He wasn’t super courageous. He wasn’t super strong. In fact, he gives the Angel of the Lord a list of reasons why he shouldn’t be the man to lead in the deliverance of God’s people. But, that list didn’t matter. Why? Because GOD knew what He was doing and because GOD was the one doing it. God calls us by a “new name” in the book of Revelation. And here, God calls Gideon by what Gideon wouldn’t call himself. God calls him to something he wouldn’t have felt called or qualified for. And so the Lord does with you and with me. We know who we are. And we know that ‘in us is no good thing’. (Romans) How could we do what a holy, all-powerful God would do? We can’t. And if we are honest, we know we can’t. But what does God say? “Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.” Romans 8:37
He holds the power source and we are promised that power (even a faith that moves mountains!) through Him. Gideon is filled with the Spirit. (v. 33-35) and what happens? He lays out a fleece. (More than one actually.) He obeys God. He tares down his father’s idols. He listens to God when the LORD told him to send MOST of the men willing to fight with him away. There were too many for GOD to get the glory. What did Gideon do to win victory? In men’s eyes… something very foolish. He blew a trumpet. He lit a lamp. And GOD delivered the people. “The sword of the LORD, and of Gideon”. (Judges 7:17-18)
God calls us to step out by faith. Not based on what we see in ourselves. Not limited to what we think we already know how to do. But based on a God who cannot fail. A God who cannot lie. A God who always wins victories.
It is said that courage isn’t the absence of fear, but rather the willingness to act in spite of that fear. Gideon was used of the Lord to win the victory against his enemies, because he had ENOUGH FAITH to allow God to OVERCOME his weakness. This is what the Lord want to do through us. To take Him at His word by FAITH and ACT on it.
This really encouraged me recently with some of the things God has asked me to do. Teaching is something I have never done before. But He’s opened the door for me to go to Fiji and teach ESL there. I know I’m going to feel nervous to the point of being sick when I stand in front of a room full of people who don’t speak the same language as me! Moving to a foreign country for a year without much of a plan past that, the unfamiliarity, the unknowns and lack of the same sense of security I’ve know all my life to this point, isn’t easy for me. I know my own weakness and inability. And so does the LORD. In fact, He knows those weaknesses better than I even do. But God also sees the invisible. Faith. He sees what He can do, if I’ll only choose to trust Him and step out on His word. This is a blessing. I might feel weak and doubtful and afraid, but God says “thou mighty man of valour”. And I can trust what HE says over what I feel or think. To God be the glory…for great things He HAS done and WILL do… if we would only trust Him by faith.