Most of us probably know a little of the story of Gideon. He was a man whom God called to defeat the enemy, the Midianites, with the tiniest of armies. Roughly, it was 10, 000 against 300! And Gideon and his men won! But before all of this, he was just a man.
A man of little to no reputation, nothing special about his lineage, and a man who’d never had his courage tested until then. Before that, he was, in essence, hiding in a winepress, threshing wheat. To have the oxen help them to do it would draw attention from the enemy. That wasn’t Gideon’s style. He wasn’t inviting danger, and I’m pretty sure he wasn’t the type of guy who ever used the expression “Bring it on!”
That’s why I love Gideon and his story so much.
Before he defeated ANYBODY, an angel came to him and called him a “mighty warrior.” All I can picture is a Robert DeNiro type of response: “Are you talkin’ to ME?!” It must have terrified him…this news that he would lead the teensy weensy army that would defeat these intimidating Midianites.
I don’t know about you, but I have asked God similar questions a lot these last few years, without the DeNiro tone. There were days I was so sure He must be talking to some other little person named Pam when presented with the battle of the day. Some battles were larger than others, but all of them seemed far too great for me to fight, let alone win!
Maybe you’re there right now, or you’re about to be there….in the midst of what seems like the battle of your life! And you’re doubting you’ll ever make it to the other side in one piece. And truthfully, I don’t know if you’ll make it either, just like I never could really know if I would make it. But if God brought you to this point, all He wants is for you to trust Him while He does all the hard stuff. THAT is what makes us “mighty warriors” in God’s eyes. Those who follow, not knowing how or why…those who simply follow.
If you are in the depths today, know that God sees in you a MIGHTY WARRIOR!! So, maybe we should all start seeing one, too. Just a thought. : )