Did you know that God has His warriors hiding around you and that perhaps you are one of them? Meet Gideon the valiant warrior of fleeces and lapping water fame hiding in a winepress to thresh his family’s wheat harvest because of fear.  Yet the angel of the Lord appeared to him and called him God’s valiant warrior. Somehow that description does not fit the description of a warrior, does it? Warriors are supposed to stand tall, face the enemy and be victorious. So what gives here?

Gideon is just the kind of person God is looking for to tackle the most fearsome project so that the “one who boasts, boasts in the Lord” [1Cor 1] and He gets the glory---not man. Paul told the Corinthians: “God chose what the world thinks foolish to shame the wise, and God chose what the world thinks weak to shame the strong.”

Yet, our valiant warrior needed more confirmation, not once but twice. Like the Jews who demand supernatural signs or the Greeks who ask for wisdom, Gideon needed supernatural confirmation that God was calling him to defeat the Midianites. End of story, God patiently led Gideon to cast off his former view of himself and rise to the occasion whereby he and 300 men succeeded where the nation had failed.

Challenge for us: If God can part the Red Sea can He not anoint you for the task designed just for you in eternity past? Listen for His voice and be ready to say “Speak Lord for thy servant is listening.” [1Sam 3]  


Published by Gaye Austin