You may be wondering who this Gideon guy is if you haven’t read the book Judges in the Bible. My friend,Gideon is probably one of my favorite people in the Bible and I mean I definitely have too many favorites but he is one of my favorites because he is the one I relate to most. Here’s the thing I think we can all relate to Gideon in some form or another. Have you ever questioned Gods’ promise or even tested if it was really Him speaking to you? Well if you have you can relax because so did Gideon. Now let me go into his story so that you can get a better understanding of what I mean. Gideon was a boy who is also called Jerubbaal in the bible, he was a regular young boy who God used to save the Israelites. The Israelites were in the hands of the Midianites because of their disobedience and lets just say that was no bueno for them so the Israelites called out to God asking Him to save them. God heard them and sent an angel to Gideon to tell him he was going to deliver the Israelites from the Midianites and basically God sent this angel to tell Gideon it was through him that He was going to do this. Gideon was all like bro you got the wrong one first of all this can’t be my promise because I’m just a regular ol’ boy and my army ain’t even that tough but then Gideon’s also asking this angel to prove that it’s the truth, he’s like please give me a sign if this is really from God. Which I think we can all relate to, I know for a fact I’ve definitely asked for signs from God no matter the size of the promise. So anyways the angel is like bet so the angel combusts the food that Gideon offered him and he then was like oh snap this is real. So basically Gideon was extremely baffled that God would choose to give him this huge promise because he feels unworthy to fulfill this promise. Now Gideon is called to do a number of things in obedience to the Lord before he fulfills the promise and Gideon continues to ask God for more confirmation throughout this whole process because I mean homeboy was just trying to triple check. I feel him so much on that though I will ask God twenty times over for confirmation just to be sure, especially in situations like that of Gideon’s, I mean I’m not out here delivering the Isrealites from anybody but still I think as part of our human nature which is our flesh we tend to box ourselves in like Gideon. We box ourselves into these self proclaimed titles and we never see the true potential of who we could be or what we could do. I think honestly the reason Gideon asks for so much confirmation even when he’s already gotten so much is because he’s scared. God places such a big promise and trusts him to be a part of it and to not only be a part of it but to know the actual promise. I think he’s fearful because he doubts himself and he continues to not understand why God would use him out of all the people, we do that so often we tell ourselves we aren’t good enough to make a change and to be used by God. Truly though I mean take Gideon and a lot of other people in the bible and you’ll see that God used so many people that never saw their potential I mean He used a wide variety of people and He still does today. Sometimes our flesh does exactly what Gideon does and so when God calls us to a promise we begin to doubt why God would even think to use us specifically, so we fail to see the true beauty that God is trying to show us. God didn’t pick Gideon because he was the strongest man of all time and He didn’t pick him based on what Gideon thought of himself, He picked him because of what God knew about him and what God knew would come from Gideon. See God trusted Gideon, He saw his obedience, and He saw the true potential Gideon had. God didn’t limit who Gideon could be or what he could do and he certainly didn’t stop there. God does that with me and you. He picks us because He knows who we can be in Him and He sees what we fail to. I know recently I’ve found myself reflecting and going back to the book of Gideon because I have felt overwhelmed as to why God would pick me.
He’s picked me for promises that are far beyond what I ever would’ve seen myself being able to do but that’s the amazing thing about God is that He doesn’t ever put us in that box of limitations. He expands us and challenges us. I have truly felt like Gideon in this season because I’m not going to lie to you some promises God brings you can seem impossible at first and can be scary but the more that you take off your own lense you begin to see through Gods’ lense. You start to understand that it’s so much bigger than your faults and It’s so much bigger than what you think you can’t do. Infact half the time the promises that seem the scariest are actually more about the people who God is trying to reach instead of you. See we can fear all we want and think we’re never going to be enough to fulfil Gods’ promise but at the end of the day we don’t have to do it on our own we get to ask God to walk us through the promise the way He calls it to go. Gideon didn’t really have to fight for the promise or prove himself because God had already decided He was using Gideon but Gideon didn’t get picked for himself he got picked to save others. He was a willing vessel and so God used him to save others, that’s what God wants to do through you too. Also Gideon didn’t have to fight for the promise because God already knew it belonged to him and He handed Gideon over all He had promised him. We have to understand that the promise won’t always look like what we would’ve picked for ourselves I mean you know Gideon wasn’t like yeah put me in coach I’ll fight a whole army with only 300 men and wow I can’t wait. NO. Gideon was like hold up, wait a minute how? But he had faith that God was going to deliver the promise exactly as God had promised it would be. If I can be transparent with you we all need to be more like Gideon and have the faith to know that no matter what we feel or think God knows. So when He promises us something no matter how big or small we have to know He has such a purpose. A purpose for us and the promise itself. Maybe God is calling you to something that seems far too big for you to accomplish. I challenge you to remember Gideon and his faith in God despite the circumstances next time you feel like you can’t be the one God wants to build on. I challenge you to allow yourself to step out of that box you’ve put yourself in because there is no limitation to what God can do, so don’t put Him in a box either.
2 Corinthians 4:17-18: “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal“
God Is Good All The Time