Judges 6 15 And he said unto him, Oh my Lord, wherewith shall I save Israel? Behold, my family is poor in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house.
16 And the LORD said unto him, Surely I will be with thee,and thou shalt smite the Midianites as one man.
When I was in high school, we had a Christian Union comprised of 12 women of God. Every year, they prayed and fasted to select bible study leaders. I found it strange that they would take the act of choosing Bible study leaders seriously to the point of fasting. One day during our meetings, I felt something in my spirit…a calling. I wanted to run. The Christian Union announced the 2003 Bible Study Leaders, they stated that the person you will be named after would be a recurring theme in your life. Then one of the members announced, “The Bible study leader for Bible Study Gideon is….” Alas, it was me. I was 16 years old at this time, and I started studying Judges 6-8. I first wanted to understand who Gideon was. Every week, I would prepare a sermon and study material for my group. As it turns out, as I grew older and wiser and full of faith, Gideon indeed became a recurring theme in my life.
Gideon is a man that everyone needs to know. He was the least in absolutely everything. I believe he felt insignificant and outnumbered by fellow people in his time. At this low point in his life, an angel appeared and declared something opposite of his circumstance. The angel declared him a MIGHTY MAN OF VALOR. Isn’t it beautiful that God sees you at that point of completion and that point of victory? He sees past you’re here and now. It reminds me of Moses who had a stammering tongue but still, God chose him to speak on behalf of God and Israel. See, if we let God, he will take our weakness and use it. His strength is made perfect through our weakness.
The story of Gideon must be told currently. Today’s world embraces perfection, or should I say the thought of perfection. If you must be a public speaker, you must be eloquent and have an arsenal of vocabulary at the back of your mind. If you want to be a model, you can’t have an ounce of fat to your body. There seems to be little room for a margin of error in today’s world. The world defines perfection, and man agrees to the unachievable standard.
The story of Gideon must be told because it shows that God has selected you, with that chip on the shoulder. You who has a limp and insecurities. He sees beyond your flaws and sees you as a vessel; your task is only to yield to him. We need to understand that weaknesses are a platform for God to demonstrate his strength and glory. He wants to multiply you because you will know without a shadow of a doubt that you did not do it with your power.
I have been in many situations that the odds were not in my favor. Still, I yielded to God when it made no sense. That act of faith always transcends in the spirit realm, and things shift. Then alas, I repeatedly confess in awe, THAT WAS AN ACT OF GOD.
I believe we all have a part of Gideon in us. A part of our lives that we see as insignificant. Still, God says, I want you. Trust and believe that God wants to use you. Don’t throw in the towel, what God has in store might surprise you!