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John Grady: Are you a mighty warrior?

The story of Gideon in the Old Testament is to be of encouragement to all of us.

Have you ever wondered how God chooses people for certain tasks that He wants done ?

Most of us probably assume it is a qualification process where He chooses someone that He knows is fully qualified and designates that person for the purposes, objectives, and need at hand.

We operate in that process where we select or elect a person with a screening process and due diligence that supposedly ensures we are choosing the correct person with the necessary education, trade, qualification or training supported by their character to fulfill the requirements. We have been more and more sophisticated in our screening process except in our election decisions. As a result, many Christians feel they are unqualified, underrated, undeserving to be chosen by God, which limits their and His real purpose for their lives.

To be called of God we need to learn to be open to Him but to do that we need to have a deep hunger and desire in our hearts to want to have that deep personal intimacy with Him, which includes hearing from the Lord.

We know the word that states, “those that have ears to hear, hear what the Spirit is saying.” If we are not open, not believing, have no real faith in His communication then we are not going to hear and will sadly miss His calling for our lives.

We might think we know best but we need to be reminded He knows our heart and without realizing it our heart can be isolated, cold, indifferent, and hardened. Conversely, our heart can be hungry for Him and willing to what He wants in spite of the cost.

I think that is why the story of Gideon in the Old Testament is to be of encouragement to all of us. The Lord responded to the cries of the Israelites and was going to subsequently deal with the Midianites, and in doing so He spoke incredible words to Gideon, whose family was the weakest clan, and Gideon’s acknowledgement was he was the least in his family. 

God’s word to Gideon was, “The Lord is with you mighty warrior.” How inspiring that the Lord could see something in Gideon that He could make Gideon into a mighty warrior.

The question we need to ask our Lord and ourselves is, “If we let go of our control of ourselves and gave it to the Lord, what could the Lord make us into?”

Gideon like most of us had his excuses and in fact questioned where God was at key times but at least Gideon raised the issues with the Lord instead of having an indifferent, judgmental heart.

The other key word the Lord spoke to Gideon after Gideon claimed, “I have seen the Angel of the Lord face to face,” that is so important for us today is, “Peace, Do not be Afraid.” It is interesting that most of our bible heroes of faith had those same words spoken to them by the Lord at key times in their journey with the Lord. 

Without realizing or acknowledging it, we can also suffer the same issues of fear. If you think about it, you have to wonder how fear can have such a hold on us. Is it lack of faith? Is it not really accepting the awesomeness and power of our Lord? Is it disbelief in what is being spoken to us? Is it deep hidden distrust of God? Or is it that we cannot envision what the Lord can do with and through us?

As you carefully read the story of Gideon, you can see his uncertainties and at times disbelief but at least he asked the Lord for fleeces to confirm that the task being given to him was from the Lord. You will also note the victory over the Midianites was of the Lord but the Lord knows what is in our heart and is patient and loving with us. Be encouraged, “the Lord is with you mighty warrior.”

John Grady lives and writes in Fort St John.

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