Is there a Gideon in the house? I am not sure if you are familiar with the story of Gideon in the Scriptures (Bible). This story can be found in The Book of Judges Chapter 6.
Like Gideon, many of us may question why God has chosen us, because we do not feel qualified. Some of us, like Gideon, may even question if we are even hearing the voice of God in the first place; and may ask for a sign for proof. Like Gideon, we may make up excuses and present to God all the things that we believe would surely disqualify us for the job.
To give you a brief overview, Israel (The Hebrews) were in the hands of the Midianites and The Most High chose Gideon to deliver the Hebrews from the hands of the Midianites. An angel of the LORD appeared to Gideon and assured him that the LORD was with him and that he was a mighty man of valour. It is interesting that the Angel of the LORD confesses to Gideon who he was before he even knew who he was. The Angel tells him that he is a mighty man of “valour” (Judges 6:12). Valour means great courage, boldness. I believe it is important for each of us to speak life over ourselves and to speak who God says we are rather than who we believe or think we are. Declare your true identity in God.
After receiving comforting words, Gideon asked the Angel, if God is with Israel why has so much happened to them (Judges 6:13). Just as Gideon, we may look at our circumstances and the current state of things. He asked if God is with us (Israel), then why has so much happened to them. They were oppressed by the Midianites. It can be a difficult task to believe that God is with you, when your circumstances seem to say otherwise. Gideon saw the current state of the Hebrews and did not understand how God was with him. We may ask God similar questions, “God if you are really with me, why is this happening? Why do things appear to be worst? Why does it feel like the wicked are prospering? Where are you God? But, the angel of the LORD assured Gideon, that The Most High was WITH HIM.
“And the LORD looked upon him, and said, Go in the strength you have and deliver Israel from the power of Midian. Am I not sending you? Judges 6:14
It is interesting that the LORD did not even answer the question, Gideon was told to GO…and the LORD asked him am I not the one sending you? This should be all the confirmation and affirmation we need to GO, knowing that it is The Most High who has sent us and it is The Most High who is with us. But, some of us are not convinced enough that we are qualified.
“Oh LORD, how shall I deliver Israel? Behold, my family is the least in the tribe of Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house.” Judges 6:15.
Did God ask Gideon for his bio? The Most High already knew about him and his family. Yet, The Most High still chose him, regardless of all those things. Gideon felt that he did not qualify. He used excuses about his family being from the least tribe of Manasseh and that he was the least in his father’s house. None of these things disqualified him in God’s eyes. Just as Gideon, many of us make up excuses, because we feel as though the job is too big for us. Guess what? It is. Just as The Most High was with Gideon, The Most High will be with us. I remember coming across a quote that says, “God does not call the Qualified; He Qualifies the Called.” We have to understand that it is God that is working in and through us.
“Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God.” 2 Corinthians 3:5
The LORD’s response to Gideon’s excuses,
“But the LORD said to him, “Surely I will be with you, and you shall defeat Midian as one man.” Judges 6:16
Gideon still did not believe he was the best candidate for the job, and felt that God perhaps made a mistake, maybe he was hearing things and he questioned whether he was hearing from God. Hey, Gideon is not alone, many of us are guilty of lacking faith.
Gideon asked the Lord,
“If now I have found favor in Your sight, then show me a sign that it is You who speak with me.” Judges 6:17
Gideon placed fleece on the ground and asked The Most High to only allow the fleece to be wet with dew and the ground to be dry, then will he know that it is God who spoke to him. The LORD did so. By now, you would think Gideon would know that it was God. No, Gideon needed another confirmation to confirm the first confirmation. Because hey after all that could have been a coincidence. How patient the LORD was with Gideon and is with many of us. Gideon asked the LORD to now reverse it, allow the fleece to be dry and the ground wet. The LORD did so and Gideon was finally convinced.
Some of us, will never trust or believe in God until we have received a ton of confirmations. Some will never go forth until they are forced to do so. Some may never get a chance to walk in their calling because of their continuous lack of faith and disobedience. There is nothing wrong with asking God for confirmation. We want to make sure that we are hearing from God, not ourselves, or the adversary. But, I believe that once receive numerous confirmations we can not afford to still doubt. We must move forward in faith. I know it will not always be easy, but God is with us.
You may feel like you are not worthy of the position and calling God has placed over your life. This is normal. The tasks ahead may seem too difficult for you, but remember God is with you. Immanuel, which means God is with us! Once we have asked and have been assured of our calling we should then begin to walk it out.
My prayer is that each of us walk in our true identity in The Most High not our identity according to man’s standards. Gideon, although when he was fearful, was confirmed as being a man of valour, a man of boldness and great courage, the Angel called out his true identity. Let each of us cling to the promise, that God is with us.
“What shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?…we are more than conquerors through Him who loves us.” Romans 8:31, 37