Gideon was a mighty man of valour, but as yet weak in faith, which makes it hard to him to reconcile to the assurances now given him of the presence of God, (Matthew Henry’s Consise Commentary of the Bible)
The story of Gideon is a story I hold close to my heart. Gideon, a smaller man, least in his family, however, having the spirit of a warrior. Another attribute Gideon holds is humility- almost to the point of discounting God’s instructions as being for a “bigger man” than he thought he was. He also questioned God in the presence of God’s angel!
How often am I like this? Almost always (but getting better…) Humble in certain areas, lessening myself in the grand array as “just some average girl.” Excusing myself from some very clear callings because I see so many other people who are more capable (in my mind) than I.
I love how God exudes His power and patience to Gideon. It’s amazing to know and see this beautiful attribute of God: Patience. As we are called, He is right there, lighting the path, clearing the red tape, showing us how to proceed.
Like Gideon, my insecurities can be a huge road block. I try to remind God of my small stature in this huge world…anyone see the mix up in my thinking? It’s as though I’m waiting for the same angel Gideon received, to find me in my hiding place and coax me out like a kindergartener on the first day of school!
Prayer: Lord, please increase our Faith so we can carry out Your Work, given specifically for each of us. Lord, please grant wisdom and strength as we proceed in Your Will. Thank you for Your patience and loving kindness. Forgive us, Father, for our lack of faith in Your plan! In Jesus’ Name, Amen
I find great encouragement in this passage and story about Gideon (Judges 6:11-18.) There’s an old cliché: “It’s a dog-eat-dog world.” With God, that cliché holds no bearing on our success in His Will. We need to practice that other cliché: “Let Go and Let God.”
Have a blessed day,
Judges 6:11-18 The angel of the Lord came and sat down under the oak in Ophrah that belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, where his son Gideon was threshing wheat in a winepress to keep it from the Midianites. When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, he said, “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.” “Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but if the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us? Where are all his wonders that our ancestors told us about when they said, ‘Did not the Lord bring us up out of Egypt?’ But now the Lord has abandoned us and given us into the hand of Midian.” The Lord turned to him and said, “Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand. Am I not sending you?” “Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.” The Lord answered, “I will be with you, and you will strike down all the Midianites, leaving none alive.” Gideon replied, “If now I have found favor in your eyes, give me a sign that it is really you talking to me. Please do not go away until I come back and bring my offering and set it before you.”And the Lord said, “I will wait until you return.”