Then the Lord turned to him and said, " Go with the strength you have, and rescue Israel from the Midianites, I am sending you!" (Judges 6:14, NLT)
Most of us want to know God's plan for our lives, but we're not always sure how to find it. One common misunderstanding is the idea that God's guidance will come to us out of the blue, that it has nothing to do with what we're doing now.
But if we're always looking around for God's next assignment, we run the risk of ruining whatever we're working on right now.
Fortunately, the Bible points to a kind of guidance that does not put our current projects in jeopardy. In the Bible's description of how God guided many people, we can see that often God's call came while people were completely immersed in the challenge of the moment. A good example of this kind of guidance is seen in Gideon's life.
Gideon had a limited vision, but he was committed to it. His challenge was to obtain food for his family even though hostile invaders were making the growing, gathering, and preparation of the food almost impossible.
Gideon was resourceful. He put a winepress to double duty by turning into a sunken threshing floor. It lacked ventilation to blow the chaff away, but at least it was hidden from the Midianites. Gideon was working in his threshing floor when God sent him a messenger with a challenge.
Gideon was surprised by what God told him to do. He did not want to jump into a task for which he was ill prepared. The angel had to overcome three objections before Gideon was convinced : (1) Gideon 's feelings of responsibility for his family's welfare. (2) his doubts about the call itself, and (3) his feelings of inadequacy for the job.
Once Gideon was convinced, however, he obeyed with zest, resourcefulness, and speed. He dedicated those personality traits to God, with whom he was now personally acquainted.
Gideon had his weak moments and failures. but he was still God's servant. If you can easily relate to Gideon's weakness, can you also see yourself being willing to serve? Remember Gideon as a man who obeyed God by giving his attention to the task at hand. Then give your full attention to believing God will prepare you for tomorrow when it comes.
Strengths and Accomplishments
Israel's fifth judge. A military strategists who was an expert at surprise.
A member of the Hall of Faith in Hebrews 11.
Defeated the Midianite army.
Was offered a hereditary kingship by the men of Israel.
Though slow to be convinced, acted on his convictions.
Weaknesses and mistakes
Feared that his own limitations would prevent God from working through him.
Collected Midianite gold and made a symbol that became an evil object of worship.
Through a concubine, fathered a son who would bring great grief and tragedy to both Gideon's family and the nation of Israel.
Failed to establish the nation in God's ways; after he died they all went back to idol worship.
Lessons from Gideon's life
God calls in the middle of our present obedience. As we are faithful, he gives us more responsibility.
God expands and uses the abilities he has already given us.
God uses us in spite of our limitations and failures.
Even those who make great spiritual progress can easily fall into sin if they don't consistently follow God.
(Adapted from Life Application Study Bible, (2007) NLT)
What does Gideon's life say to you concerning what God has been calling you to do for Him?