ON BEING GIDEON
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 6:12-14
(you are encouraged to read the whole chapter)
Gideon, was far from being mighty and He knew that. But all that God required from Him was to go in the strength that he had. Then he made God wait. Wait, what? He made God wait? I can only imagine what that scene would have looked like?
Wait Lord, I’m just going to do something, stay here until I come back. But what’s surprising was God waited.
He knew how to respond and take care of Gideon. This doubter, was having an encounter with the Lord and He was revealing Himself to Gideon with so much patience, grace, and confidence.
What did God see in Gideon? He would probably be the worst candidate but God chose him. He was a doubter, a scaredy-cat, he questioned God and did I mention He made God wait? Yet, The most amazing thing is that Gideon obeyed! He might have done it in secret but he obeyed. He went with just that, the strength he had. And God used that to do great things.
Recently, God has been telling me to be strong and courageous. I think I’ve done the courageous part and now its time to be strong. To stick to my commitment and wait on Him. I guess that’s the hardest part of being strong, the strength to trust God for His word and wait. I might just be like Gideon, a doubter, a nobody, a scaredy-cat, questioning Him and for many times I made God wait.
Still God choses to be patient and kind to me. Still He choses to show that He just need me to go with the strength that I have and He’ll fill in the rest.
How much my strength is, doesn’t matter, what matters is that I trust Him and GO! How? He might not say, but one thing is sure He will be with us as we go.