JUDGES 6:17-18: “And he (Gideon) said to him, “If now I have found favor in your eyes, then show me a sign that it is you who speak with me. 18 Please do not depart from here until I come to you and bring out my present and set it before you.” And he said, “I will stay till you return.”
OBSERVATION: Gideon was a reluctant leader. He did not see himself as a leader. Yet, the Angel of the Lord called him a “mighty man of valor”. This mighty man of valor was threshing wheat in the winepress to hide from the Midianites. Gideon did not have the same opinion about himself that God did. He was hesitant to receive the words of the Angel of the Lord and several times asked for signs to confirm that God was with him. The account of Gideon gives me hope.
Why does Gideon’s life give me hope? Because it reveals the heart of God towards me. God sees something more in me than I see in myself. And, He is patient and willing to draw this out of me as I am reluctant at times to answer His call. Many are like Peter who are ready to jump out of the boat at the first invitation. I am more like Gideon. I really want to serve the Lord, I really want to be used by Him for great things, but many times I lack the courage or confidence to do so.
The Lord knew of Gideon’s reluctance even before He called him. The Lord also knew of my reluctance and personal limitations before He called me. When I was a young man the Lord called me into the ministry. I wrestled with the Lord for a period of about 6 months trying to wiggle out of that call. Yet, the Lord patiently kept calling me. As reluctant as I was He believed in me. When I finally surrendered to His call He met me, much like He did Gideon – with His Great Peace. I too met Jehovah Shalom at the point of my calling. Like Gideon, in my heart I heard these words – “23 But the LORD said to him, “Peace be to you. Do not fear; you shall not die.” 24 Then Gideon built an altar there to the LORD and called it, The LORD Is Peace…”
I still tend to be a reluctant leader. It is not because I don’t want to follow and obey the Lord. It is because many times I do not see what the Lord has placed in my heart, or I do not want to move presumptuously outside of the will of God. Regardless of the reason – God still loves me, He still calls me, He still uses me. He meets me like He met Gideon – knowing the potential that He has placed in my life. Then He lovingly takes the time to draw it out of me. When I realize this it humbles my heart and brings me to a point of wonder and worship. What love, what patience, what understanding the Lord has toward each one of us.
Lord, thank You that You see more in me than I see in myself. Thank You that You meet me at the point of my reluctance and fear and speak words of faith and hope into my life. Thank You that You don’t give up on me but continue to call, equip, empower, and use me. I stand this morning in awe of Your Great Love! May Your Love empower me today to hear Your voice and hearing to boldly obey! In Jesus Name!