An Awakening: A Three Week Series on the Life of Gideon
With today’s post comes the conclusion of this three-week series on Gideon. However, being inspired by this character’s life, I’ve decided to extend the series into a complete Bible study. I will have more information soon. If you missed the previous weeks, you can click here to catch up.
Do you recall the moment you first believed? The moment you knew God was the One true living God?
For Gideon, it was just another mundane day, right in the middle of chores. Which I think is so beautiful because a lot of us presume we have to have done something rather significant to win God’s approval. The truth is God doesn’t only approve of us, but He loves us right where we are.
It was such an average day, at first, Gideon was unaware of what was even happening. He didn’t realize to whom he was speaking with, but something about this stranger, perhaps the authority in which He spoke, made Gideon curious.
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.” Judges 6:16-17
So many of us need that reassuring sign that God is who He says He is. We come to a place of surrender, but out of fear or doubt, stop in our tracks. Thank goodness the Lord is patient with us and willing to go to any length of measure for us to trust and know Him.
From this place of curiosity, Gideon brings an offering to the Angel of the Lord.
The angel of God said to him, “Take the meat and the unleavened bread, place them on this rock, and pour out the broth.” And Gideon did so. Then the angel of the Lord touched the meat and the unleavened bread with the tip of the staff that was in his hand. Fire flared from the rock, consuming the meat and the bread. And the angel of the Lord disappeared. When Gideon realized that it was the angel of the Lord, he exclaimed, “Alas, Sovereign Lord! I have seen the angel of the Lord face to face!” Judges 6:20-22
That was the moment for Gideon; the moment he believed God is God. And he is terrified.
But the LORD said to him, “Peace! Do not be afraid. You are not going to die.” Judges 6:23
Proverbs 9:10 comes to mind when I read this. The verse says: The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
Though Gideon grew up knowing about God and what He had done for the Israelites, delivering them from slavery out of Egypt, he didn’t have a relationship with God. I believe for Gideon, the stories he grew up with had become just that—stories. However, in the realization that God is not some made up tale, but is indeed a very real, mighty, and powerful God, he is overwhelmed by fear.
What would God think of him? Gideon had insulted Him just minutes prior by saying the Lord had abandoned him. Shouldn’t God be angry?
The same fear that gripped Gideon can grip us, too. We worry about our past, that what we’ve said and done is too much for God’s forgiveness. We buy into the lie that tells us we’re not worthy enough to be in the presence of God. Or that we don’t know enough because we didn’t grow up with God in the home.Fear can rise from our awareness that God is God; He is real and has real authority over our… Click To Tweet
Fear can rise from our awareness that God is God; He is real and has real authority over our lives, but it is soon replaced with a much stronger emotion: Love.
The Bible tells us God is love, which is why he speaks to Gideon with a strong emphasis saying, Peace! Do not be afraid. You are not going to die.
The Lord doesn’t want us to cower in fear of Him, but rather to realize that He is who He says He is. Being awakened to this truth, we begin to seek Him more and more and grow in the wisdom of who the Lord is: A good, good Father who longs to bring us peace and comfort for all our days.
So Gideon built an altar to the Lord there and called it The LORD Is Peace. Judges 6:24
At this time in history, the Israelites, God’s chosen people were living in hiding due to the consequence of their sin. They lost sight of God and rather than keeping Him first, bought into the ways of the world. Though they weren’t slaves, they certainly weren’t free.
However, things are about to change. God is going to remind His people of His great and awesome power allowing them to taste real freedom once again.
With lots of love,