"When the angel of the LORD appeared to Gideon, he said, 'The LORD is with you, mighty warrior.'" (Judges 6:12)
For the uninitiated, the above Scripture verse could well make them
imagine Gideon as a Mr. Universe contestant flexing his bulging biceps
before an admiring global audience, but one has to go back by just one
verse, to see how Gideon saw himself for what he was:
"...one day the Angel of the Lord came and sat beneath the oak tree at
Ophrah, on the farm of Joash the Abiezrite. Joash's son, Gideon, had
been threshing wheat by hand in the bottom of a grape press--a pit where
grapes were pressed to make wine--for he was hiding from the Midianites."
(Judges 6:11 TLB)
A quick recap is warranted here. The Book of Judges describing the
period of Israeli history after the departure of that great leader
Joshua gives us a cyclical pattern in the matter of obedience,
disobedience, chastisement, repentance and again obedience of the people
of Israel (Judges 2:6-23).
in its stride...all without ever seeking any sWhenever the Lord's chosen people, due to sheer ingratitude despite
inheriting a "Land flowing with milk and honey" (without as much as
raising a finger in labour) would desert the paths of obedience to their
Redeemer God, He would use their neighboring enemies as "whipping rods"
to bring them back into the right track (Hebrews 12:5-13). Once they would
come "to their senses" like the Prodigal Son (Luke 16:11-20), He would
raise a leader to deliver them. Now our unlikely hero Gideon was used by
the good Lord to "save" the repentant lot from the Midianites (the
Lord's temporary chastening rod) who had harassed them for seven years
(Judges 6:1-10). But it is the introductory account of Gideon in the
Scriptures which is at once arresting. Here is the cowardly man
threshing his wheat in a winepress afraid of the Midianites, but the
angel under the Almighty's orders is addressing him as a "Mighty
soldier". Obviously, the good Lord was seeing in Gideon a potential not
visible to the naked eye. Once, Gideon trusted the Lord and responded to
the Divine call, the rest was as they history...Rather the Midianites
became history when challenged by Gideon with a "puny army" of not more
than 300 men carrying on one hand a flaming torch and in the other a
horn (Boy, no weapons to start with!!!) (Judges 7:16-27)
When the Council saw the boldness of Peter and John and could see that
they were obviously uneducated non-professionals, they were amazed and
realized what being with Jesus had done for them! (See Acts 4:13)
The men who turned the World upside down in the First century (Acts 17:6 KJV) never rode on their majestic horses, nor did they carry any
gleaming swords with them quite unlike Roman army which held sway over
much of the then known World at that time but they were ordinary, men
next door. The only difference was that they had been trained by their
incomparable Master for three and half years and were now indwelt by His
Spirit (Acts 2). No wonder, they were "on fire" speaking with courage
and authority which can come only when you are indwelt by the Holy
Spirit, which their Master promised before His ascension (Acts 1:18).
Now let’s hit the rewind button and go visiting the banks of Sea of
Galilee three and half years earlier when the Saviour called these
ordinary, unschooled fishermen to be His disciples branding them as
"Fishers of Men" (Matt 4:18-21)
What did Jesus see in these men that the World did not? Amazing
potential waiting to be tapped...one that would acquire the shape of
unbridled devotion to the Master's Cause willing even to takeelf-glory!!!
Fellow sojourner, cheer up if the unchanging Jesus (Heb. 13:7) has
selected you. He is not the one who would leave any work half done.
Claim the promise of Philippians 1:6 in your life:
"God who began the good work within you will keep right on helping you grow in his grace until his task within you is finally finished on that
day when Jesus Christ returns."
Hey, He is crafting you into a "Mauna Kea"...whether the World is able to
see that or not! Hallelujah!!
Prayer: Father, we submit ourselves into Your hands "warts and all".
Tool us into Your Son's image, which is the final purpose for saving us
from sin. In Jesus Name. Amen.
J and SM Ministries.
An Unprofitable servant
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