A Direct call from God – Gideon

We are introduced to Gideon in Judges 6. This was a time when the Israelites were oppressed by the Midianites, Amalekites and others. They had their crops and livestock continuously looted and the Israelites often hid out in the mountains to survive. The people eventually did cry out to the Lord. He sends them a prophet to remind them that they did evil in the eyes of God, disobeyed Him, worshipped other gods and basically had turned their backs on Him.

In verse 11, we read about Gideon hiding in a winepress and threshing wheat. An angel of the Lord appears to Gideon and says “The Lord is with you mighty warrior.” Let’s just take note of the way he was addressed, “mighty warrior”. Wheat was usually threshed on a hill to allow the wind to carry away the chaff. Hiding in a winepress does not seem to be very brave or a warrior worthy trait.

Gideon was an ordinary man and if we read his story, we come to know that God indeed enabled him to be that mighty warrior.

For us: We do not have to be extraordinary to do extraordinary things for God. God takes the ordinary and enables us to do the extraordinary for Him. The crux is the Lord being with us, that is what enables and empowers us. A willing, prayerful, devoted, humble and obedient heart enables us to draw near to God, hear His voice and step out in faith.  

In response to the statement of “The Lord is with you”, we see that in verse 13, Gideon is quick to complain that the Lord does not seem to be with them at all with all that they have been enduring. Gideon does not seem to dwell much on the disobedience of his people but seems to be quite prompt to voice his dissatisfaction that God has allowed all of this.

For us: How often can we glaze over our actions that grieves the Father and be quick to look to Him for ‘why’ He seems to be allowing us to go through a trial?

In verse 14, the Lord says to Gideon “Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand. Am I not sending you?

The Lord does not seem to clarify Gideon’s misguided complaint. He patiently reminds him that His being with Gideon should be enough for him to step out into what God has asked him to do. 

Gideon responds with excuses that he is a nobody, belonging to a clan that is not very significant or important.

For us: How often do we credit ourselves with capability because of our standing in society or our work or financial position? The Lord here reminds us His presence with us, His will and His acknowledgment is the greatest and only credit that truly matters.

The Lord responds to Gideon saying I will be with you, and you will strike down all the Midianites together.” The Lord reiterates the assurance of His presence with Gideon. But let’s just take note that although the Lord says to Gideon that You will strike down all the Midianites, God emphasises that His presence and power is what will enable Gideon to do all of it.

Gideon then requests the Lord to wait on Him so that he can go and prepare an offering to set before the Lord. Gideon goes on to prepare a young goat and some bread made from an ephah of flour. After Gideon prepares and places it before the Lord, fire blazes and consumes the offering. That confirms for Gideon that he truly had a divine encounter.

Firstly, we see a picture of patience here from God towards Gideon. It took some time for Gideon to be fully convinced of this experience and his calling. In the same way, God is patient with us while we work through our doubts and strengthen ourselves in our faith.

Secondly, Gideon did not just rush ahead and do what God wanted him to do, he took some time to prepare his heart and be spiritually ready to take that next step.

We then go on to read that Gideon along with ten of his servants takes down the altar of Baal and Asherah in the night. The directive from God was to take down those altars and build a new one in its place for God. But it was Gideon’s decision to do it at night. He was apprehensive to do it in broad daylight considering the opposition he might face.

For us: We might be scared to take those initial steps that God directs us to, but like Gideon, it is ok to start scared. God meets us where we are at and grows us from there.

In verse 33 of the chapter, we read that all the Midianites, Amalekites and others begin to join forces against the Israelites. And right in the next verse we read that “Then the spirit of the Lord came upon Gideon.” God equips Gideon to face what lies before him and it was just in time for when he needed it.

For us: When God calls us for something, He will empower us for it. We have to trust Him with the timing of it.

The spirit of the Lord came upon Gideon and he took that step, but that automatically does not mean that things will become easy. We read in the rest of the verses of the chapter, the well know story with the wool fleece where Gideon requests God for confirmation twice that the Israelites will be saved by his hand just as the Lord promised.  First, he asks that only the fleece placed on the ground will be wet and the second time, the ground all around will be wet with dew except the fleece.

Although God promised Gideon that it would be through him that God saves the Israelites, Gideon still goes through moments of doubt here and hence the repeated back and forth with God.

Firstly, what we see here is a picture of God’s grace in Gideon’s weakness.

And secondly, this back and forth with God paints a picture of a relationship with the Lord.

What God wants most of all is us to have a relationship with Him. A life consistent in prayer and communing with Him builds that relationship. Spend time with Him so that we are attuned to hear His voice in the midst of the noise of our own fears and doubts.

God has a purpose and a call for each of us. To live in that calling and fulfil His plan for us is possible when we live in relationship with Him. Like Gideon, it is ok to start scared. But it is important to remember that HE IS WITH US and we are able only because of Him.

God Bless.

33 thoughts on “A Direct call from God – Gideon

  1. I got Healed from Athritis two years ago after 20 years of pain on my left hip. God connected me with a doctor who operated me.

    Been trying out exercise and jogging here and there.

    Last saturday I told my friend that I feel completely healed though the leg still feels tender but I feel healed and I can now jog for a very long time.

    My friend opposed me because He knew how that pain put me down and He was there through the surgery.

    He challenged me to go and jog with him in a field in our neighbourhood

    I felt afraid when I saw the field. It was big!

    But I didnt want to show it, In my head I knew, if I get tired or if the tender leg brings up some pain I would definitely stop.

    I knelt down in the field, prayed to God and told Him, ”God. come and show off through me”

    Then I began jogging.

    I went round the field twice, covered close to 7KM which I had never done and I was still strong after the run, I felt I would even do it four times but my friend was so tired

    As I was running, I could feel the holy spirit and Angels at work inside me and I ran and NEVER got weary at all. No heavy breathing, No pain, never got tired. The Lord renewed my strength more after the first lap

    When we finished, my friend gave His life to Christ. I prayed for Him and we went home with Him.

    The whole week, He has been listening to faith-based content and I am convinced He has taken the salvation by storm.

    Like Gideon, it is ok to start scared. Give God an opportunity to show off!!

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    1. Wow! Just wow! Praise God for healing you. What a wonderful feeling it must have been to feel the spirit working in you as you ran strengthening you.
And it is so wonderful how God brought your friend to faith.
Yes, it is ok to start scared. Amen to that , you did take that step of faith scared and let Him work and shine through you.
Bless you sis 💙

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  2. When reading Gideon’s story, it can be all too easy to shake our heads at the silly things he did. But aren’t we guilty of similar things? This post made me realize how I too do some of the same silly things that Gideon did. It is humbling, in a good way, to realize our mistakes. We can’t grow past them if we are not aware of them. I also love how you pointed out that we can do something while we are scared. That is something I need to remember. Too often I shrink back in fear. But we can step forward in faith when we know God is with us. Thank you for sharing this excellent post!

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    1. I used always think of what he did as silly too and yes we very much behave similarly. God is so patient with us.
      I too am like that Bridget, fear definitely is a huge stumbling block for me. And it is a process to overcome that, and we do not do it alone.
      Thank you 😊

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  3. I love this lines “it is ok to start scared. God meets us where we are and grows us from there.”

    I think it is an honor to be called by God. Most often we dont feel good enough or inadequate or even fearful of other people opinions.

    No matter where you are, as long as you are willing God will meet you there and equip you. You and God are always a majority 🙌 🙏

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  4. Without the Lord I have no confidence in myself, so I am happy that I can depend on Him and that we are able because of Him. I freak out a lot. He has to calm my wind and waves quite a bit. But then He proves that He is with me and for me. That’s always nice. 😊

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  5. I often act like Gideon, questioning God’s direction.
    Manu, this is a great explanation: “When God calls us for something, He will empower us for it. We have to trust Him with the timing of it.”
    It is easy to be scared, especially when God is leading us outside our comfort zone. The beauty is He is beside us, holding our hand. 🦋🌺

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    1. I agree Jeanne. When He asks us to step out of our comfort zones we are scared and hesitate. We are only able because He is patient with us and with us through it all.
      Thank you 😊

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  6. I’m thankful the Lord equips us for the things He has called us to do. Even when we feel afraid we can move forward in His grace knowing He is with us. I enjoyed this Manu! God has so much “for us”. 🤗❤️

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