Mighty warrior?

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Scripture: Judges 6:11 Now the angel of the Lord came and sat under the oak at Ophrah, which belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, as his son Gideon was beating out wheat in the wine press, to hide it from the Midianites (who were invading Israel). 12 The angel of the Lord appeared to him and said to him, “The Lord is with you, you mighty warrior.” 13 Gideon answered him, “But sir, if the Lord is with us, why then has all this happened to us?…” 14 Then the Lord turned to him and said, “Go in this might of yours and deliver Israel from the hand of Midian; I hereby commission you.” 15 He responded, “But sir, how can I deliver Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.” 16 The Lord said to him, “But I will be with you, and you shall strike down the Midianites, every one of them.”

Observation: This is a funny passage if you read it a certain way. In verse 12 the angel of the Lord referred to Gideon as “mighty warrior” when he was obviously neither. Someone who is “mighty” would not be hiding in the wine press. And a “warrior” would be fighting, not beating out wheat. Nevertheless, the Lord called Gideon to be a mighty warrior, which is exactly what he became as he led Israel from the oppression of the Midianites. God does this sort of thing all the time. He picks unlikely people to do important works for God’s Kingdom.

Application: There have been many, many times when God has chosen me to do things which seemed impossible at the time. My initial response has almost always been the same. No way! No way I can do this! And then it happened anyway. They key to being used by God for his purposes is understanding that our shortcomings don’t matter. If God is behind it, it will succeed – despite us. Our job is to say yes and trust God to move mountains.

Question: How is God asking you to do what you know is beyond you? What would it look like for you to say “yes” to God, then trust him to lead the way? 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, you are continually asking people to do what is impossible. In fact, you’re asking some of us right now. In fear, our temptation is to run the other way. Give us grace to trust you. And say “yes”. Amen.

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