Has anyone read the story of Gideon? You know the one – the geezer who, with an army of ONLY 300 men, destroyed – no – OBLITERATED an enemy described as ‘a swarm of locusts’ and their camels were like ‘grains of sand on the seashore!’ There were too many of them to count! Absolute madness! If someone told me to go to a fight where there is only two of us against 1000 people, I would even look at myself like I am mad! Gideon’s story is found in Judges 6:11 – 8:32.
Recently digging into this man’s life, I fell in love with his story. He was a insecure man who felt insignificant that had moments of doubt and ‘weak’ faith. This very man was used to do the impossible. I, for one, can most definitely relate to how he feels. Me being me, I still deal with bouts of insignificance and insecurity. But his story shows me that God can also you and me to do the impossible! As long as He is with us (which is ALWAYS!)
I learnt so much from Gideon’s story. So much that I will separate each point into separate posts. Here is one of the first things I learnt from Gideon’s story.
God calls you by how he created you!
When Gideon is first introduced to us, he is beating wheat in the winepress to hide from the Midianites (who were oppressed the Israelites and were later defeated by Gideon). An angel of the Lord appears to him (Judges 6:12) and says, “The Lord is with you, O mighty man of valour.” Usually when an angel of the Lord appears in the Bible, they speak as God’s representative, speaking as the Lord Himself. So here, God is in fact calling Gideon a mighty man of valour. Valour meaning “great courage in the face of danger, especially in battle.” Insane, right? Gideon must be thinking ‘Sorry? Come again? Mighty man of what?’ The angel of the Lord continues on to tell him that God has sent him to save Israel. How did Gideon respond? He replied, “Behold, my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house.” Gideon responds to God’s truth with his own perception of truth – he calls himself ‘weak’ and the ‘least’.
It makes me think of myself. How many times has God called me countless amazing and beautiful things and I somehow manage to believe my own truth over God’s perfect truth. I mean, how many times have we all done that? God sees us as so much more than we could ever see ourselves. He sees us the way he created us. He calls Gideon a man of valour because that is what He PUT inside of Gideon. That valour was there since he took his first breath. But like many of us, Gideon simply puts the insignificance he has felt all his life above God’s truth. To be very honest, we have to repent of doing such, as it is a form of unbelief! Believe that God has created you to be so much more than you think!
Beloved, we have to focus on what God says about us first! From there, we can really unleash the things we put inside of us. Insignificance and insecurity are strongholds that hold us back from living out how God truly created us. They become zones of comfortability and excuses we use to stop progressing forward into areas God has called us to grow in! Gideon used the fact that he came from the ‘weakest’ clan and the fact that he was the ‘least’ to try and prevent him from stepping out to becoming the mighty man God had created him to be! Imagine if he didn’t trust God to come through? Israel would have remained oppressed! Your calling is linked to other people’s freedom. Think about it. What God put inside of you and what you possess is not just for you. Its for others too.
I encourage and beseech you to take the time to ask God how does He see you? Ask that He would give you the eyes to see yourself and others the way He does! Repent and receive forgiveness for believing your own truth over His! Beloved, once you know and believe what God says about you and how He sees you, you can truly begin to live in freedom!
Trust me, it works!