Looking at Gideon for Guidance
We all experience a time in our lives when we lose our identity in Christ and don’t know who we are. We’re uncertain of our abilities, talents and gifts. We need confirmation from God because we feel totally insecure. During these times of confusion, Gideon is an incredible Bible character to reflect on. His life story can teach us so much about overcoming our circumstances by knowing who we are in God.
During Gideon’s time on earth, the Israelites were under the oppression of the Midianites. God called Gideon to lead the Israelites into battle to overcome the Midianites so they could receive the freedom they desired. God orchestrated the battle perfectly, using only the bare minimum to defeat the Midianites. He sent all but 300 warriors home. Those warriors surrounded the massive number of Midianite troops with a trumpet in one hand and a torch in the other. God instilled a fear in the Midianite troops and they scattered. The other Israelite warriors initially sent home, were then in a position to capture and defeat the scattered Midianites. But, before any of this could happen, God had to show Gideon His plan and what He had in store for Gideon’s part.
Gideon was hiding when the angel of the Lord came to him the very first time. It was in this time of insecurity that God called Gideon a “Valiant Warrior.”
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?” (Judges 6:11-14)
God knew what He was calling Gideon to do. He knew Gideon’s purpose. He knew what Gideon was capable of doing, so He called Gideon a name according to his potential, not his current condition. When we’re caught in a bubble and have a hard time seeing beyond our situation, it can bring us peace if we recall that God knows our future and He’s guiding us toward it. He uses every moment, even our present instance to prepare us for the call He has placed on our life. God knows who we are before we know it ourselves. His view of us is not bound by our reality, thoughts, behavior, beliefs or actions. It’s directed by His knowledge, His plan and His strength.
God calls us by the possibilities that He has placed within us. Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago.” He knows who we can potentially become if we continue to follow the calling He‘s placed on our lives. It’s easy to belittle ourselves, but God wants us to see our true self in Him. He wants us to see our beauty, strength and compassion. God wants us to know that nothing is impossible through the Lord. We are capable of the most daunting task when we rely on Him and He works through us. As we worship Him and His greatness, all that we do becomes worship. When we see God for who He is in all His glory, we start to see ourselves the way He sees us and then we’re able to do the good works that He has placed before us with His power and victory.
With God’s power, we can have the courage to do a lot of things. We can overcome a lot, but we can never gain enough power to be outside of God’s reach. He will walk with us as we journey toward our potential. He will allow us to test Him, question Him even doubt Him. He knows how we’re going to respond before we’re able to react to His calling. He’s already set up all we need to enable us to accomplish the task and purpose He’s called us to. Trust that the Lord is with you, that He will guide you and walk you step by step through life. You must let Him do so in order to reach your full potential. So, go out, listen to the Lord, rely on Him and be the Valiant Warrior, He’s called you to be!