More than Enough: A Three Week Series on the Life of Gideon
Have you ever felt lead to do something you were unequipped to handle?
I know I have, and to prove I’m not the right person, I’ll start looking to others in comparison.
But then I’m reminded that the Bible is full of ordinary people who did extraordinary things with God’s help.
Take Gideon for example. Here was this everyday guy, minding his own business, when the Angel of the Lord sought him out.
The Angel of the Lord came, and He sat under the oak that was in Ophrah, which belonged to Joash, the Abiezrite. His son Gideon was threshing wheat in the wine vat in order to hide it from the Midianites. Judges 6:11
Now, when the time came to choose who would deliver the Israelites out from under the oppression of the Midianites, one might think God would have selected a skilled fighter; not a farmer who was hiding while threshing wheat.
God didn’t make a mistake in His selection. The Angel wasn’t rushing around in the hope of finding any person up for the task. The text says he sat under a tree; He was resting in the shade, watching and observing. When He’d seen enough, the Angel approached Gideon and addressed him as a “mighty warrior.”
Though the title might have seemed unfit at the time, God knew His plans for Gideon and called Him accordingly.
As Christians, we are called sons and daughters by God. By believing this, we are free to live a life worthy of that name. Gideon was a called a warrior and a warrior he became. Today, know that you are a child of God, walk in that knowledge with gladness and confidence.
The Angel then said this:
The Lord turned to him and said, “Go in the strength you have and deliver Israel from the power of Midian. Am I not sending you?” Judges 6:14
You are enough. Do you know that?
There’s no need to try and be anyone else because God designed you uniquely to do things only you can do. Go in the strength you have. In other words, just be you, God will help you in whatever He has called you to.
“But Lord,” Gideon replied, “how can I rescue Israel?” Judges 6:15
But Gideon (like me) still has doubts and tells the Lord that his family is one of the weakest in the community and that he is the youngest in his family.
How quick we are to point out our mishaps out of fear or doubt or disbelief.
With one breath, the Lord tells Gideon everything he needs to hear:
The Lord said to him, “I will be with you.” Judges 6:16
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Make no mistake about it—God is with you, and He is for you.
Today’s post is the first part of a 3-week series on Gideon. Be sure to come back next week for part two.
With lots of love,