If you were the CEO of a massive corporation and needed to choose someone as the head of a department of several thousand, would you choose someone who skulked in the stock room, argued with you and questioned you at every turn and showed very little faith in you as CEO and the company in general? I wouldn’t! Yet that’s what God did with Gideon.
You can read the story in Judges 6:11-7:25
God could have picked anyone but it was Gideon He wanted in His plan to rescue His precious people. This doubting man with anxiety issues, hiding in a wine press to escape his enemies. And then, to top it all, the Angel of the Lord addresses Gideon as “Mighty man of valour”, before Gideon has done a single thing to indicate that he is a man of any sort of “valour”. God calls him this while Gideon is still in that fearful mindset. Judges 6:11
Why? because “Mighty man of valour” is who Gideon was, he just didn’t know it yet; he hadn’t recognised it. But of course God knew, because it’s who He made Gideon to be!
Think of any electrical appliance in a shop. Looking at it on the shelf, could rightfully say the appliance wasn’t functioning as it should. Is it still the appliance it was designed to be? Of course it is.
But that appliance will not work until you take it home and plug it into an electrical socket, and suddenly -Transformation!
So it is with you and I. And so it was with Gideon.
As we looked at in the last blog post, fear, if we let it, dictates our choices and sometimes causes us to do crazy things.
Gideon, in his fear actually had the audacity to argue with the Lord, expressing all his doubts about God’s faithfulness! Judges 6:13
When that didn’t work he went down the self pity route: “how can I rescue Israel? My clan is the weakest in the whole tribe of Manasseh, and I am the least in my entire family!” Judges 6:15
And finally we come to his famous “fleece laying episode”, where Gideon demonstrates his doubts, anxieties and lack of trust in God by asking Him repeatedly for a sign and God, because He is loving and merciful He gives Gideon the signs: Judges 6:17
This need to be in control kicks in in situations where we feel out of our comfort zone, the unfamiliar or new, where we have little or no control.
Gideon had control issues. He tried to control God – to be the one in charge.
I know I’ve done that in my own life at times. Have you?
Getting Plugged in
Perhaps you find yourself even today, in a place where you’re trying to run or hide from God’s call on your life, because of fear of the future. Because of feeling unworthy?
Remember the electrical appliance. God has designed you to be you. You have a God-designed purpose. There’s no other you in this whole world – there never has been and never will be again. But you need to “plug” your faith and trust into the power source – the Lord your God, by fixing your eyes on Him and stepping out in faith, trusting Him to do as He has promised.
Obedience doesn’t require fearlessness, only the faith to trust God, even when we feel afraid.
Corrie ten Boom wrote:
“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.”
Gideon was afraid, but when he finally did put his trust in God and obeyed, the Israelites were freed from years of oppression.
There may be moments in life when we are worried or concerned, but the truth is we can trust God with our tomorrows.
“casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7